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Topic - Kirk W. Johnson
As a U.S. visa program for Iraqi interpreters nears its end Monday, one of those former military aides fears that he — as well as thousands others like him — will be left behind to face the wrath of insurgents who view him as a traitor amid intensifying sectarian combat in Iraq.
As U.S. military operations in Afghanistan wind down, the Obama administration must take care not to leave friends in the lurch.
Thousands of Afghan interpreters whose visa applications are stuck in bureaucratic backlogs at the State Department are terrified that they will be Taliban targets when most U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan next year.
"The government doesn't like to have a very concrete number because knowing that somehow, I think, creates a sense of obligation," said Mr. Johnson, a former official at the U.S. Agency for International Development who served in Iraq.
Accounting is difficult, he said, because the government doesn't share that information.