The United Kingdom government is urged to follow the lead of the United States and expand its program of resettling Afghans who have worked for the former in Afghanistan during its two-decade mission in the war-battered country.

Senior Politicians and former military commanders have recently asked London to also relocate those Afghans who have contributed to the UK’s mission in Afghanistan along with interpreters.

US state department on Monday, August 2, launched a new program based on which the Afghans who have worked for US media outlets, US nongovernmental bodies, and US-funded projects can also apply for US visas.

Tobias Ellwood, the chairman of Britain’s Commons defense select committee, has said that the UK government should do more and should have taken the lead in relocating the Afghans who have worked for UK troops in other parts other than interpreting.

Ellwood acknowledged that Afghanistan may fall to the Taliban, thus, the program of resettling Afghan interpreters should be expedited and back should not be turned to other Afghans beyond the linguists.

Meanwhile, Admiral Lord West has also urged London to be faster and work with urgency in relocating the Afghans who have worked in other roles with UK forces. He feared that these people are at risk of killing by the Taliban.

Along with the US, UK is also operating the program of relocating those Afghans who have worked for its troops in the past two decades in Afghanistan.


  • Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.