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April 18, 2021

Afghan Interpreters Risked Their Lives to Help the U.S. We Must Not Abandon Them

Afghan Interpreters Risked Their Lives to Help the U.S. We Must Not Abandon Them
Op-Eds
April 18, 2021

Afghan Interpreters Risked Their Lives to Help the U.S. We Must Not Abandon Them

Afghan Interpreters Risked Their Lives to Help the U.S. We Must Not Abandon Them

When America sent its sons and daughters off to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq, it enlisted a second Army in the fight against global terrorism—local allies, to help build bases, support our forces, and perhaps most vitally, interpret. These interpreters served as our cultural and linguistic bridge to the society around us. We could not have performed our jobs without them, and many of us are only alive today because these friends and allies helped us when called upon.

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