Brits: Afghan Interpreters Face 'Certain Death' After NATO Pullout

Thursday, 15 Aug 2013 04:53 AM

By Joel Himelfarb

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Campaigners have petitioned Downing Street to permit Afghan interpreters who worked with British forces to resettle in the United Kingdom.

The signers, many of them British combat veterans, say that if the interpreters are forced to remain in Afghanistan, they face almost certain death at the hands of the Taliban and its allies.

The late Prime Minister Winston Churchill's great-grandson, Maj. Alexander Perkins, led a group of former Army majors in delivering the 60,000-signature petition to Prime Minister David Cameron’s office.

London is offering resettlement to about half of the 1,200 Afghan staff who were employed for more than a year and working for the British on Dec. 19, 2012, when Cameron announced a "drawdown" of British forces in Afghanistan.

The exact number who worked as interpreters is unknown. But the Ministry of Defense said that about 550 of the 1,100 local staff now working for the British government in Afghanistan were interpreters, and that “many thousands” had worked for Britain in some capacity since the 2001 invasion.

Current British policy “leaves hundreds of other interpreters who left their job before that date with no help at all,” according to BBC correspondent Jonathan Beale.

He said these include men who may have “risked the bombs and bullets of Helmand [province] serving alongside British soldiers” and men “who may have had good reason to leave their job because of threats from the Taliban.”

The Defense Ministry says there's a separate initiative offering assistance to anyone who worked for the British and who is facing intimidation. But thus far, only one Afghan has been permitted to resettle in Britain under this program.

Maj. James Driscoll, another former officer behind the resettlement campaign, said interpreters had taken "great risks to both to themselves and their families" to help British troops.

"By denying entry into the U.K., the government is condemning them and their families to persecution and almost certain death," he said.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Biden Heads to Ukraine After Fragile Truce Shattered

Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 23:35 PM

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will begin a two-day visit to Ukraine on Monday, hours after a fragile Easter truce was sh . . .

'Re-balancing' Act: Obama Heads to Asia Amid Policy Skepticism

Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 23:13 PM

Five years after refashioning U.S. foreign policy to emphasize Asia, President Barack Obama will face questions over his . . .

Queen Elizabeth Portrait Released to Mark 88th Birthday

Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 22:18 PM

A new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, taken by David Bailey, has been released to mark her 88th birthday on Monday, with . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved