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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Decorated Afghan pilot who protected US airmen is in hiding after Pentagon reverses approval to come to US | Stars & Stripes

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Maj. Mohammed Naiem Asadi is an Afghan helicopter pilot who is believed to have killed more Taliban members than anyone else in the Afghan Air Force. He is now currently in hiding with his wife and young daughter after the US reversed the decision to allow him to come to America. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and the Defense Department approved Asadi and his family in early October but was reversed right before they left by higher officials. “The family was about to travel to the U.S. in good faith, that they had followed the proper process, and been approved,” said Bryan P. McAlister, a former Army pilot who was Asadi’s advisor. Asadi also protected an American pilot who crashed his A-29 Super Tucano attack turboprop this past summer in Taliban-contested territory.

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