Russia Recruits Afghan Troops Biden Abandoned

Afghan troops that fought alongside U.S. face choice to fight for Russia or face the Taliban
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - AUGUST 1: Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicant Mohammed Arif Ahmadzai, 41, holds an image of himself with US military personnel while at his home on August 1, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mohammed worked for almost 8 years as a combat translator from 2003-2010 for the US Army, the Marines as well as on the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) and the Special Forces in Kunar province. He applied for the the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) paying the visa and medical fees costing him over $2,000 but was denied in 2014 without what he viewed as sufficient explanation. He is currently appealing his case. Thousands of Afghans who worked for the United States government during its nearly 20-year war here now fear for their safety as the US withdraws its troops from the country. Many of these Afghans, who worked as interpreters and translators for US intelligence agencies and military branches, have applied to come to the US as part of the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program, with the first such group arriving in the US last month. But, for most SIV candidates, the timeline for relocation remains unknown. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • After the Biden administration’s disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal last year, Afghan special forces soldiers that fought alongside American troops were forced to flee to Iran.
  • According to three former Afghan generals, these soldiers are being recruited by the Russian military to fight in Ukraine and avoid deportation to Afghanistan where they will face retribution from the Taliban.
  • “They don’t want to go fight – but they have no choice,” one of the generals said. “They ask me, ‘Give me a solution? What should we do? If we go back to Afghanistan, the Taliban will kill us.”

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