US planning to evacuate Afghan interpreters, contractors ahead of withdrawal

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US planning to evacuate Afghan interpreters, contractors ahead of withdrawal

The Biden administration is planning to move interpreters and other Afghans who have worked for the U.S. and their families to a safe location amid growing fears of a Taliban takeover after the U.S. military withdrawal, a U.S. official confirmed to ABC News Thursday.

The destination is not yet clear, but the plan is to move these Afghans to a safe location as they wait for their U.S. visas to be processed, the official said.

PHOTO: A U.S. flag is lowered as American and Afghan soldiers attend a handover ceremony from the U.S. Army to the Afghan National Army, at Camp Anthonic, in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, May 2, 2021. (Afghan Ministry of Defense Press Office via AP)
PHOTO: A U.S. flag is lowered as American and Afghan soldiers attend a handover ceremony from the U.S. Army to the Afghan National Army, at Camp Anthonic, in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, May 2, 2021. (Afghan Ministry of Defense Press Office via AP)

The plans should underway "in a few days -- at the most, a week," the official added, but the U.S. is not yet executing it.

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There are approximately 18,000 Afghans who have applied for a Special Immigrant Visa -- an enormous backlog that will take months to sort through, with U.S. lawmakers and advocates saying it puts their lives at risk.

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