Swedish Military Says No One to Evacuate as Gov’t Swings in, Providing Asylum to Afghan Interpreters

Previously, the Swedish government had come under harsh criticism from the opposition for not wanting to help the Armed Forces’ Afghan interpreters, only to make a U-turn and agreeing to help them.

In a move that was embarrassing for both the government and the opposition, the Swedish military has put an end to the debate surrounding the fate of its Afghan personnel amid the Taliban’s* recent advances by stressing that it hasn’t used any local interpreters in the war-torn country since 2014, the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reported.

Earlier, the Swedish government came under fire from the opposition for failing to evacuate and provide asylum to the Afghan interpreters who have worked for the Swedish forces. While Justice and Migration Minister Morgan Johansson initially flatly refused by claiming it would be unconstitutional for the government to intervene in individual asylum cases, he subsequently made a pronounced U-turn by emphasising that the Swedish Migration Agency and the Swedish Armed Forces are jointly investigating the possibilities of giving interpreters protection in Sweden.

However, the Armed Forces put an end to the debacle, by stressing that all the Afghan personnel had been evacuated as early as 2014. Since then, the Swedish forces have not employed local personnel in Afghanistan, Swedish Armed Forces communications director Mats Ström said.

Following the end of the ISAF operation in 2014, a total of 69 people (including employees and relatives) received…

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