LONDON – Dozens of erstwhile subject commanders are calling connected the U.K. authorities to relocate much of the Afghans who worked with British troops implicit the past 20 years, arguing that they are apt to beryllium murdered by the Taliban arsenic overseas forces propulsion out.
Retired Gen. Richard Dannatt, the erstwhile main of the General Staff, and different elder leaders of the run successful Afghanistan, said the resettlement programme for interpreters and different unit needed to enactment with much “generosity and urgency.”
“Too galore of our interpreters person unreasonably been rejected,” they said successful a missive to Prime Minister Boris Johnson that was published Wednesday. “We impulse the authorities to reappraisal the argumentation immediately. Only those constituting a national, information menace should beryllium excluded.”
The U.K. has a “moral obligation” to resettle radical who risked their lives to assistance British troops, and nonaccomplishment to bash truthful volition harm the country’s estimation abroad, Dannatt said successful an interrogation with the BBC.
Among those presently ineligible for resettlement are Afghans who were dismissed for insignificant infractions, specified arsenic a antheral who took an unauthorized time of permission to sojourn his sick mother, Dannatt said. Expanding the programme would let astir 4,000 much Afghan employees and their families to determination to the U.K., successful summation to the 3,000 who person already been resettled, helium said.
“We are besides gravely acrophobic for Afghan unit who provided indispensable enactment to america but who are ineligible for relocation due to the fact that they did not enactment successful an `exposed role’ oregon were contracted done 3rd parties,’’ the erstwhile commanders wrote. “The Taliban marque nary specified distinction.”
At the highest of the post-2001 deployment determination were astir 10,000 British troops successful Afghanistan, mostly successful Helmand state successful the south. Britain ended combat operations successful 2014, but astir 750 troops stay successful the state to bid Afghan forces.
U.S. and different NATO troops are ending a deployment launched against al-Qaida and Taliban forces successful the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.
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