Taliban hunting down interpreters to kill them

Interpreters who worked with US forces in Afghanistan are being hunted down by the Taliban. Thousands have emigrated to the US but others have been blacklisted, refused a visa, and left in grave danger.

In spring this year, two men rang Nader's doorbell so hard they pushed it half way through the wall of his mud-brick house. He came to the door, they coaxed him outside and then dragged him to the village graveyard.

"When I realised they were taking me somewhere to be executed I started yelling and fighting," he says.

"My brother came out to find me, but by the time he'd come they'd shot me, I just lay down and they left."

If Nader had not struggled he would have been shot in the head. Instead, as the militants hurried to get away, they only managed to shoot him in the leg.

Nader's village, about an hour's drive north of Kabul, is hostile territory for the Taliban. It was home to some of the bloodiest fighting during the Soviet occupation in the 1980s, and the local mujahideen force that protected the area then has remained firmly in control ever since.

And yet, the Taliban found Nader even there. So he, like many other former interpreters remaining in Afghanistan, now lives in Kabul.
There is much more.

These people will be some of the many victims of Obama's premature retreat from Afghanistan.  Others will be women who will return to second class citizenship in the area dominated by the Taliban.


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