US ‘rapidly’ planning to evacuate Afghan interpreters – BBC News

As many as 18,000 Afghan nationals have applied for US visas to immigrate to the US under a special programme.

But the scheme has been hit by delays, with applicants waiting for years.

“We recognise that there are a significant amount of Afghans that supported the United States and supported the coalition, and that they could be at risk,” Gen Milley said in remarks his office released on Thursday.

“A very important task is to ensure that we remain faithful to them, and that we do what is necessary to ensure their protection and, if necessary, get them out of the country if that is what they want to do.

“There are plans being developed very, very rapidly here, not just interpreters but a lot of other people that have worked with the United States.”

He added that the Department of State was overseeing the issue, without providing any further details.

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