Former interpreter in Afghanistan: “I wish I hadn’t worked with the United States”

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A former interpreter now locked in a friend’s house in Afghanistan and in hiding from the Taliban told Fox News on Friday that “I wish I hadn’t worked with the United States.”

This interpreter, who asked to be called only “Manar” out of fear for his safety, worked with the United States for almost 11 years. Now he says Taliban soldiers are roaming his neighborhood trying to track him down.

“Two or three times the Taliban came and asked [for] me near my door, “he said.” I’m sure if they captured me, they’ll kill me. ”

Taliban fighters display their flag on patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday.
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Taliban fighters display their flag on patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday.
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TRAPPED IN AFGHANISTAN, INTERPRETER’S FORMER BROTHER APPLIES FOR HELP, FEARS THE TALIBAN WILL KILL HIM

Manar also told Fox News that he, his wife and five children – who were also in hiding with him – were planning to make the 8-hour drive from Mazar-i-Sharif to Kabul, leaving under cover of darkness with nothing but their passports.

If they are stopped by the Taliban on the way, he will tell them that his wife is sick and that he is looking for medicine.

And if they arrive at Kabul airport, it is not even known how they will get there.

“Right now there are thousands of people rushing into the airport and we don’t know how to get in,” Manar said. “We have not received any response from the US Embassy from any person in the US. I have sent more than ten times to get a response from them but there is no response. Now I’m stuck here. ”

He describes the special immigrant visa process as tedious and maddening, telling Fox News that he has applied three times in the past five years and that his application kept getting rejected for trivial reasons like a letter of recommendation from his US supervisor without date.

Manar says his latest application, filed on July 2, is now pending.

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After spending over a decade working with the United States, Manar now has a message for Americans.

“For the American people, they should ask Mr. President Joe Biden, that they should take care of those who remain. The interpreters and also the people who work with the American government like me – I worked half of my time. life with the US government, and now they’re leaving me behind. ”

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