The chaotic, bloody and rather humiliating US withdrawal from Afghanistan has been compounded further by the fact an Afghan who had saved the life of Joe Biden has been left behind at the mercy of the Taliban.
Washington: The chaotic, bloody and rather humiliating US withdrawal from Afghanistan has been compounded further by the fact an Afghan who had saved the life of Joe Biden has been left behind at the mercy of the Taliban.
The Afghan interpreter, who is identified only as Mohammed since he is in hiding from the Taliban, has pleaded the US government to evacuate him and his family out of Afghanistan.
“Hello Mr. President: Save me and my family,” Mohammed told the Wall Street Journal.
“Don’t forget me here,” he added.
In 2008, two U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopters carrying Joe Biden - then a senator - and fellow senators John Kerry and Chuck Hagel were forced to make an emergency landing in a remote valley in Afghanistan during a snowstorm.
Mohammed had acted as a guide for a rescue mission led by the Arizona National Guard troops which eventually evacuated the trapped senators.
The former National Guard staff sergeant who had recruited Mohammed for the rescue mission said that Mohammed was not able to complete his visa application to leave Afghanistan during the US withdrawal as the defence contractor who had employed him had lost his records.
Mohammed had reportedly tried to gain access to the Kabul airport during the US evacuation effort. However, he was told by U.S. troops that only he was eligible to leave Afghanistan, but his wife and their four children will have to be left behind.
However, White House chief of staff Ron Klain has asserted that the US government is determined to get the stranded Afghan interpreter out of Afghanistan.
“I read in that story that he did not finish the visa process because of some complexity with his employer. It doesn’t matter. We’re going to cut through the red tape. We’re going to find this gentleman and we’re going to get him and the other SIVs out,” he told the media.
“We are going to try to get every person out," he added.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki reiterated Klain's message.
“We will get you out," Jen Psaki told a news briefing on Tuesday.
"We will honor your service, and we’re committed to doing exactly that.”