Taliban demand ‘remorse’ from fearful interpreters

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The Taliban said yesterday that Afghans who worked with foreign forces in the past have nothing to fear once international troops leave, as long as they “show remorse”. Thousands of Afghans have received visas to live abroad after serving alongside US and Nato troops — particularly as interpreters — but hundreds more are scrambling to leave before US President Joe Biden’s September 11 withdrawal deadline. In recent weeks many interpreters have demonstrated in Kabul, demanding foreign forces and embassies that they worked with help them relocate. “They shall not be in any danger on our part,” the Taliban said in a statement. “The Islamic Emirate would like to inform all the above people that they should show remorse for their past actions and must not engage in such activities in the future that amount to treason against Islam and the country.”

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