As the US troop pullout in Afghanistan closes in on its end-of-August deadline, the Biden administration has announced it will begin to evacuate Afghans who assisted American forces during the 20-year war to a military base in Virginia to protect them from reprisals by Taliban fighters.
Around 2,500 Afghans who worked for the US government will be relocated to Fort Lee, a military base just south of Richmond, while they wait out the process for the special immigrant visa program.
Members of Congress have expressed concerns for the safety of the thousands of Afghans who served as interpreters or other staff as Taliban militants continue to gain territory in Afghanistan while US forces withdraw.
“These are brave Afghans and their families, as we have said, whose service to the United States has been certified by the embassy in Kabul and who have completed thorough SIV security vetting processes. They will be provided temporary housing and services as they complete the