01 Feb '14, 6pm

US visa backlog leaves Afghan interpreters in limbo

US visa backlog leaves Afghan interpreters in limbo

U.S. Lt. Col. Winston Brooks with Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, listens to an interpreter at the conclusion of a meeting in a village near Bagram Airfield, Parwan province, Jan. 7, 2014. Nikayla Shodeen/U.S. Army KABUL — Before serving as an interpreter for the U.S. military, Shafiq Nazari passed exhaustive background checks by U.S. military and intelligence agencies. The military trusted him enough to issue him an automatic rifle. He has fired it during several firefights with insurgents, fighting shoulder to shoulder with U.S. soldiers and Marines on about 200 combat missions in Afghanistan. Nazari, 38, a compact man with short-cropped hair and a trim black beard, has been issued a badge that gives him free run of a high-security U.S. base in downtown Kabul, where he translates for U.S. military ad...

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