U.S. offers refugee status to more Afghans

U.S. offers refugee status to more Afghans

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Islam News – The State Department is offering potential refugee status to Afghans who assisted the U.S. during the war in their country, including people who worked for news outlets and other nongovernmental organizations.

The move will protect Afghans “who may be at risk due to their U.S. affiliation,” but who were not eligible for a special immigrant visa program, the department said in a statement.

The White House has been under intense pressure to offer protections to Afghans with ties to the U.S., especially as Taliban fighters rapidly win new territory and threaten major cities. On Monday, the Afghan president blamed the American troops’ speedy pullout for the worsening violence in his country.

Source: Reuters