As people attempt to flee war-ravaged Afghanistan, there are fears hundreds of military biometric devices, abandoned at U.S. bases, are helping the Taliban * track down and target former security officials and supporters of the government.
An Afghan, who worked as an interpreter for the US-controlled Afghan government and previously helped save then-Senator Joe Biden in the Afghan mountains in 2008, is said to have begged the White House to be rescued from Kabul .
The man was reportedly left behind amid the hasty evacuation of US forces from Afghanistan, The Wall Street Journal written, quoting the man.
“Hello Mr. President: save me and my family. Don’t forget me here,” the man called Mohammed (name has been changed for security reasons) told the WSJ.
Mohammed is said to have worked as an interpreter for the 82nd US Airborne Force which was deployed from Bagram Airfield to rescue then-Senator Biden and his colleagues John Kerry and Chuck Hagel in February 2008 when their helicopter had to make a landing emergency in Afghanistan during a snowstorm.
Mohammed’s family are now believed to be in hiding from the Taliban. The former interpreter has been trying to leave Afghanistan for years but got bogged down in bureaucracy. The man had applied for a Special Immigrant Visa (SIV), an evacuation interpreter program that aided the United States during the nearly 20-year war, but did not receive the documents when the defense contractor he worked for lost the relevant files, the WSJ noted.
He and his family are among the countless Afghan allies left behind when the United States completed its nearly 20-year military campaign in Afghanistan on August 30.
After a the Wall Street newspaper The reporter read Mohammed’s message to the White House, Jen Psaki thanked the man for his services and stressed that the United States remains committed to bringing the Afghan allies out of Afghanistan. “We’re going to get you out,” Psaki said.
US President Joe Biden has repeatedly recalled the incident in Afghanistan, particularly during the 2008 presidential campaign as Barack Obama’s running mate. “Come back to the area where my helicopter was forced to descend … in the middle of these mountains. I can tell you where they [al-Qaeda*] are”.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the helicopter’s emergency landing was not in an area controlled by the Taliban, but it was not friendly and safe either. The day before the incident, the 82nd Airborne had killed nearly two dozen Taliban militants in combat about 10 miles from the site, a soldier who fought there at the time was cited by the WSJ as told.
Washington provided Afghan security forces with $ 28 billion in weapons between 2002 and 2017, with almost all of the equipment now fearing it may have fallen into the hands of the Taliban. On top of that, there are fears that hundreds of military biometric devices, abandoned at U.S. bases, are helping the group locate and target former security officials and government supporters.
On August 30, US Army Major General Chris Donahue, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, boarded a C-17 transport aircraft as the last US serviceman to leave Hamid Karzai International Airport. from Kabul.
* The Taliban and Al Qaeda are banned terrorist organizations in Russia and many other states.