Afghan allies left behind after US pullout find rocky path to safety

Afghan allies left behind after US pullout find rocky path to safety

  • A year ago this month, the US military evacuated more than 76,000 Afghans to the United States during its withdrawal.
  • But many former Afghan allies and family members did not survive, leaving them at risk of Taliban reprisals and an economic crisis.
  • Those left behind continue to face obstacles to reaching safety as the United States and refugee advocates seek to expedite their path to the United States

As the Taliban searched their Kabul neighborhood, Tamim Bedar’s children cried when his wife urged him to board a US evacuation flight alone. He was the target, she said. They would follow.

Bedar, 42, in danger after years of working to support US objectives in Afghanistan, reluctantly flew to the safety of a US base in Qatar. Frantically working his contacts, he got his wife and four children out a week later.

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