During a recent House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, the veteran-led nonprofit No One Left Behind presented alarming data showing nearly 250 U.S.-backed Afghan interpreters and allies have been killed by the Taliban. The testimony underscored the pressing need for Congress to address the backlog by creating new safety pathways, increasing visa slots, and enhancing collaboration with volunteer veteran groups advocating for endangered allies. This initiative reflects a growing concern among U.S. veterans and lawmakers over the safety and well-being of Afghan partners who risked their lives alongside U.S. forces.
Veterans and representatives from several organizations testified about the brutal retaliation and torture faced by Afghans following the U.S. withdrawal in 2021, emphasizing the moral and ethical obligation to assist those left vulnerable. Subcommittee chairman Brian Mast, reflecting the sentiment of many veterans, validated their frustration and anger over the situation. The discussion also highlighted the inadequacy of the current special immigrant visa process, with calls for legislative action to improve and expedite the system, ensuring that Afghan allies who supported U.S. efforts are not abandoned to face dire consequences alone.
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