April 24, 2014

Paris opens door to Afghans working with French troops

By Mirwais Adeel - Wed Dec 26 2012, 8:08 pm

French troops AfghanistanFrench Defense Ministry on Wednesday announced to provide take those Afghans to Paris who have worked with the French troops during their 11 years long mission in Afghanistan.

Defense officials also added Paris will take in a “few dozen” Afghans who have worked alongside French troops in the war-ravaged country for 11 years and whose security is at risk at home.

No further details were given by French defense ministry regarding the exact number of Afghans to be taken to Paris however they said that the bulk comprised people who had worked as translators on the ground.

The last batch of the French combat troops left Afghanistan on December 15 this year. The withdrawal of the French troops takes two years before before allied nations in the 100,000-strong NATO mission led by the United States are due to recall their fighting forces.

France deployed around 4,000 troops under the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force mission in Afghanistan, and was the fifth largest NATO troops contributor following United States, Britain, Germany and Italy.

Around 170 Afghans would be “allowed to enter French territory from January to start a new life”, Le Monde the French newspaper reported.

The source further added the criteria for choosing them would be two-fold — whether they faced a security threat after the pullout of NATO-led foreign troops and their ability to integrate into mainstream French society.

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  1. Hello Sir/Madam,
    This is Mohammad Akbar from Kabul, Afghanistan.
    It is my 5th year working with Americans as Translator and QA Specialist at American companies. When French troops came to Afghanistan I tried many times to join them as an Interpreter, but I couldn’t. After that I joint the American companies and working as QA Specialist yet.
    I know this company is going to leave AFG very soon. And the NATO troops are leaving by the end of 2013.
    My and my family members life is endanger, I need help to leave AFG soon. because the USA will not let me to leave AFG. Every body knows in our Neighbours that I’m working with Americans. and they are going kill us.
    Please help me. Waiting for your reply.

    Best Regards,

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