Monday, October 3, 2022

The White House pledged to help Biden’s trapped Afghan translator in 2008

A senior White House official promised to take an Afghan interpreter who remained in Afghanistan out of the country.

An interpreter, identified only by his name, Muhammad, helped rescue the senator at the time. In 2008, Joe Biden and two other US lawmakers’ helicopters made an emergency landing in the mountains of Afghanistan.

After the U.S. forces withdrew on August 30, Muhammad was trapped in a country controlled by the Taliban. He asked Biden for help.

“Hello, Mr. President: Save me and my family,” Muhammad told Wall Street Journal“Don’t forget that I am here.”

Mohamed tried to apply for a special immigrant visa (SIV) and leave Afghanistan before the U.S. withdrawal, and even got the recommendation of Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Thiel because of his help to the U.S. military.

But according to reports, his application has not yet been approved, and attempts to enter Kabul Airport this month were unsuccessful because the US military told him that they would only let him pass, not his wife or children.

According to aid organizations, tens of thousands of SIV applicants still remain in Afghanistan. The Wartime Allied Association included the applicant’s family members, which was as high as 118,000.

When asked for help, senior government officials said they would provide help.

“We will let you leave, we will respect your service, and we are committed to doing this,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki expressed his gratitude to Muhammad for his help to Biden for more than a decade at the White House in Washington on Tuesday. forward.

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klein said that he had read stories about translation.

Klein said on MSNBC: “We will break the red tape, we will find this gentleman, his name is a pseudonym in that story, and we will kick him and other SIVs out.” Mehdi Hasan show later on Tuesday “.

A Biden spokesperson told the news media at the time that Biden and his then Senators John Kerry and Chuck Hagel traveled in Afghanistan in 2008 when a snowstorm forced their helicopter to land in the mountains.

The senators walked to Bagram Air Force Base under the escort of the US military.

Biden has mentioned this trip for many years.

“If you want to know where Al Qaeda lives, you want to know where [Osama] According to the “Wall Street Journal”, Bin Laden was returning to Afghanistan with me,” he said when he was running for president a few months after the rescue. “Back to the area where my helicopter was forced to land… In the middle of the mountains. I can tell you where they are. “

Zachary Stieber reports on US news, including political and court cases. He started working as a reporter for the New York City subway in The Epoch Times.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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