As people are trying to flee war-ravaged Afghanistan, there have been concerns that hundreds of military biometric devices, abandoned in US bases, will help the Taliban* to track down and target former security officials and government supporters.
An Afghan man, who worked as an interpreter for the US-controlled Afghan government and once helped save then-Senator Joe Biden in the mountains of Afghanistan in 2008, is reported to have been begging the White House to be rescued from Kabul.
The man was reportedly left behind amid the hasty evacuation of US forces from Afghanistan, The Wall Street Journal writes, quoting the man.
Mohammed is said to have worked as an interpreter for the US 82nd Airborne force that was deployed from Bagram Air Field to rescue then-Senator Biden and his colleagues John Kerry and Chuck Hagel in February 2008, when their helicopter had to make an emergency landing in Afghanistan during a snowstorm.
Mohammed’s family is now reportedly hiding from the Taliban. The former interpreter has been trying to get out of Afghanistan for years but became mired in bureaucratic red tape. The man had applied for a Special Immigrant Visa (SIV), a programme for the evacuation of interpreters who helped the US over the course of the nearly 20-year war, but failed to receive the documents when the defence contractor he worked for lost the relevant records, the WSJ said.
He and his family are among the countless Afghan allies left behind when the US…