The U.S. Embassy in Kabul, meanwhile, has stepped up staffing at its consular section and increased resources to speed up the special immigrant visa process and reduce backlogs.
Afghans who hold dual citizenship have the option of moving to other countries, but for most, that is not a choice.
“We want to get out of Afghanistan,” said the first Afghan interpreter, who lives in Kabul. “Whether we go to Europe or America or Australia, we don’t care. We just want to save our lives.”
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Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
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