Behold how An Afghan interpreter who assisted in rescuing formal senator Joe Biden from the harsh Afghanistan countryside has escaped from the region with his family.
In the year 2008, Khalili a man who was one of the Afghan workers of the US government that drove the group to safety due to the ambush vulnerability of Mr Biden and other US lawmakers who were at the mercy of a military helicopter set to land in a snowy valley sequel to severe snowstorm with high winds.
Khalili made several appeals for help overcoming visa issues to leave since August and now joins lots of Afghans who have also left the country to escape living under Taliban rule. BBC News said that on Monday
a representative for the US State Department disclosed to them that Mr Khalili and his family had
“safely departed Afghanistan and subsequently initiated onward travel from Pakistan”. “They did so with extensive and high-level engagement and support from the US Government, and we are grateful for the many others who also supported him along the way.”
I was an Afghan interpreter left homeless in US ‘Betrayed’: The Afghans who feel left behind 13 years after his wondrous encounter with then a future president – also with senators Chuck Hagel and John Kerry – Mr Khalili struggled to secure his US Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) to flee Afghanistan. Sequel to the confusion and disorder with US withdrawal this summer, Mr Khalili called on Mr Biden to save his life, his wife and family.
“I trust him,” he told CNN. “I trust that he can do everything.”
Consequence upon inquiry about Mr Khalili’s situation in September, Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary thanked him for
“helping a number of my favourite people out of a snowstorm and for all the work you did”
and further said that US was “committed” to evacuating allies to safety. Organisation helping to rescue over 200 Afghans now in Pakistan known as The Human First Coalition, disclosed to the BBC that they were “deeply grateful” to US and Pakistani officials for assisting
“in our efforts to bring President Biden’s interpreter and his family to safety”.
Right now it is not clear if Mr Khalili has obtained this visa, or if he is on his way to the US, since the SIV was designed purposely for Afghans and Iraqis who worked alongside American troops in both of those conflicts.
However, since 2008 about 70,000 Afghans have been resettled in the US on an SIV.