Even with additional troops helping with evacuations in Kabul, interpreters and others awaiting Special Immigrant Visas were left behind. Many of them watched helplessly while Kabul fell to the Taliban, and the Afghan government was dissolved.
Long Time Waiting
One of the interpreters interviewed by Military.com, who only wanted to go by Said, told them, "I can't even talk right now. I'm just about to cry, because we lost everything."
He had seen all the support that the United States and NATO poured into the Afghan government. He said, " But, unfortunately, the Taliban can destroy everything in just the blink of an eye.
According to a Defense official, the U.S. will send over 1,000 more troops to Afghanistan on top of the thousands deployed at the end of the week. The soldiers are coming from the 82nd Airborne Division.
The division is based out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and will head straight to Afghanistan. These additional forces will bring the total number of troops to around 6,000.
When Said left his home on Sunday, he saw the Taliban patrolling the streets in Fords and Toyotas that came from the Afghan police. Said is still trying to get out of the country and obtain an SIV.
He has been waiting for his visa for the better part of 12 years, blaming the wait on a clerical error. He has all of his recommendation letters and official documents ready to go.
However, if Said is caught with the paperwork by the Taliban, it is likely a death sentence. The additional troops sent over by the U.S. are to help with speeding up the process.
However, at one point, there were an estimated 18,000 people who needed visas to get out of the country. Most worked as interpreters, drivers and did many other jobs for the U.S.
Said is keenly aware that his and his family's safety is on the line. "I think this is the beginning. When they settle up, they will start looking at people who helped [the United States.]."
Being stuck leaves Said feeling betrayed. He has ceremonial coins and doctor and officer recommendations in a stack from his six years as a hospital interpreter.
However, the paperwork meant to grant him security is now putting his life in peril. His family told him, "either grave it or burn it."
Get them OUT ASAP & families with OUR forces now
BIDEN SHOULD BE IN PRISON AFTER BEING IMPEACHED FOR HIS CRIMES AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.WHEN WILL WE ,IF EVER RETURN THE OFFICE TO TRUMP TO RECTIFY ALL OF THE CRIMES THAT BIDEN HAS COMMITTED THESE PAST FEW MONTHS OF HIS ILLEGAL TAKE OVER. NOW THE PEOPLE WHO HELPED AMERICA WILL ALL BE EXECUTED WITHIN A MATTER OF DAYS AS SOON AS THEY KNOW THAT THE MORON IS STILL IN OFFICE. WHAT A CRYING SHAME THAT THERE ARE NO HONEST LOYAL POLITICIANS THAT SHOULD BE OUTRAGED BY BIDEN'S ACTIONS. WHERE ARE THEIR VOICES PROTESTING HIS FOR HIS REMOVAL FROM OFFICE? HAVE THEY ALL CRAWLED UNDER THE SAME ROCK AS THE DUMBASSRATS . GOD HELP AMERICA AND THE AMERICAN PATRIOTS IF HIS REIGN IS ALLOWED TO CONTINUE.
The entire Biden Admin. Is a joke. They’re all clueless and all blowing smoke. They stand there in front of the camera feeding the American people day after day nothing but padded useless information. The Biden
Administración must think that all Americans are stupid and can be bought like the left wing media.
Well liberal zombies, do you even begin to see your future fate under this current occupiers fascist regime? You too will be used and thrown away now. Biden has served his purpose and now he will be the scapegoat for all the disasters perpetuated by the elitist scum in office and we will have the laughing hyena for awhile. Then she too will be ousted. Prepare for dictator Pelosi, she has been planning this for decades and finally got the worst people in office who no one will object to removing.
I tried to keep quiet in order to give this illegitimate pretender with his equally incompetent partner a chance to prove his decenters wrong. Well I can no longer sit silently and watch the left destroy our once great country. The enemy with Satan as their leader is making quick work of what's left of God's chosen land. Some one with the power to remove him from office needs to do it and the sooner the better. God send us your Army to destroy this evil foe!
Thank you nonpresident Biden. A perfect plan was in place but your ignorance and desire for headlines is going to lose a country and kill a lot of people! Too many of the will be ours as the Embassy is lost already. I am beyond disgusted!
We know that Biden is incompetent and you cannot try and convict him for treason because he is mentally challenged now and has no idea what he is doing. If he did then yes he would need to be arrested and executed upon conviction of Treason. The REAL people guilty of Treason are those who planned and got Biden elected through fraudulent votes. We need to dig those people out and try and execute them according to law for their treason and utter contempt of our Constitution and Nation. It will not be easy nor pretty by any means but it HAS to be done for the sake of our nation. We need to have another election that is fair and honest making people show Photo ID and their registration and also purge the voter roles of those who are not eligable to vote. The election should be fair and honest with complete transparency. The person elected should then take power as soon as possible with the Military standing by to ensure a proper transition of power. Those of whom indictments are filed should NOT be allowed to run for Office such as Schumer, Pelosi, Shifft, and the likes of them.
I very much agree with your whole statement. These traitors need to be exposed and pay with their lives for all of the heinous deeds they have done.
We were assisting them. We don't owe them citizenship!
They can thank the buffoon when their heads and their famous heads roll it is "ALL" on the Buffoons and his scum bag Obamy re-treads advice he hasn't a think in that addled brain.
MISTER Biden gets the "GOLD STAR" for STUPIDITY!!! 😠
We were supposed to be withdrawing from Afghanistan and had only about 2000 military and now Ed have 6000. We aren’t even vetting those put on planes and sent to military posts in our country without knowing if we are receiving terrorists or Covid infected. Not only some are going to Ft Bliss in Texas which that state is being overwhelmed with illegals from south of the border. There are fifty more states they can send them to. Maybe up by Washington DC. We need to get Americans out and our military. What I see on the plane are men. Where are the women that will be going back to Stone Age. We should bring all our troops home from around world and let them protect us. Also all the Americans that were in provinces that fell should have made it to Embassy as soon BBC as it happened. This is worst thing I have seen in my 70+ years. This has made us a joke. I agree how many of those 300,000 we trained were actually Taliban learning our eauipment. I agree when we get our Americans out bomb our equipment to hell.
Why do you think this Administration always send them to a red state? It’s a take down of a successful Republican state. Why doesn’t Biden send them to Andrews Air Force Base in Delaware where he is at? It’s his royal debacle! He should take care of them. Why not California?