UK to Fast-Track Relocation of Afghans Who Helped its Troops Over Fear of Retaliation After Drawdown

Ever since British forces wrapped up combat operations in Helmand province in 2014, the issue of relocation schemes for those who helped the country’s forces in Afghanistan has been the subject of heated debate, with earlier schemes riddled with strict criteria on who could apply to live in the UK.

Britain has announced plans to rapidly resettle hundreds of Afghans who worked for the UK military and government, mostly as interpreters, amid fears for their safety as international troops leave Afghanistan.

Over 3,000 people, including family members, are expected to be allowed to relocate to British soil, joining the 1,300 who have already done so under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP).

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, who hailed the move, was cited as saying:

At least five coalition translators were reportedly murdered this year, with some former UK interpreters subjected to attacks.

‘In Together, Out Together’

Since British forces ended combat operations in Helmand in 2014, troops who served there have been vocal in their demands that those who assisted them during their deployment be offered safety against possible reprisals.

Originally, the troops had been deployed to the country since 2001 as part of a coalition tasked with intervening in Afghanistan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The US had launched an invasion in October 2001 ostensibly to destroy the al Qaeda* terror group (banned in Russia), which masterminded the 2001 attacks on New…

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