Biden's Afghani Savior Finally Escapes War-Torn Country

Written By BlabberBuzz | Thursday, 14 October 2021 21:45

An Afghan interpreter who helped rescue Joe Biden back in 2008 after his helicopter made an emergency landing during a snowstorm, Aman Khalili, finally escaped Afghanistan with the help of U.S. veterans after hiding for weeks in dire fear for his life. Khalili appeared on "Fox & Friends First" describing the dangers for U.S. allies in the war-torn nation amid the Taliban's "crackdown policies."

"For them, life is very dangerous because the Taliban has crackdown policies. They do not have mercy for anybody, especially for people who worked with U.S. forces," Khalili reported.

"We are infidel for the Taliban. They kill us without reason."

"They are scared and they are hiding somewhere and they do not have freedom to get out of their houses. … They are scared of the Taliban," Khalili explained.

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While the State Department has suggested there are around 100 Americans stuck in Afghanistan as of mid-September, it remains unclear exactly how many U.S. citizens and American allies remain in the war-torn nation.

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The Biden administration has come under fire for not doing enough to help citizens and allies escape. Despite this, many veterans groups have organized private efforts to rescue those who still wish to escape.

"There are a lot of people out there," Khalili pressed. "They work with the U.S. forces in Afghanistan and still they are there."

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Khalili explained there are many people in similar situations, including other Afghan interpreters who still need help leaving the nation.

"I asked Mr. President if there are lots of people left behind like me," Khalili elaborated. "The president also stepped back and told the press he was going to evacuate all the people who were working with U.S. forces in Afghanistan."

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"A lot of people are waiting and calling me and other people who got out of Afghanistan."

Khalili, his wife and five children had been unable to flee in the emergency airlift after the fall of Kabul, but managed to escape with the help of US military veterans and former Afghan soldiers, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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Khalili fled Afghanistan last week with his family and was able to arrive in Islamabad before safely flying to Doha. He described the treacherous journey to Pakistan traveling hundreds of miles to seek safety for him and his family.

"It was a very dangerous way and there were a lot of checkpoints," Khalili recalled.

In 2008 Khalili was working as an interpreter for US forces when Biden and two other lawmakers, Chuck Hagel and John Kerry, visited Afghanistan.

When a snowstorm forced the military helicopter carrying the politicians to make an emergency landing in a remote valley, Khalili joined a small military unit which drove from Bagram air base to rescue them.

“Aman helped keep me and other Americans safe while we were fighting in Afghanistan, and we wanted to return the favor,” said Brian Genthe, a combat veteran who worked with Khalili, told the Journal. “He’s a blessing.”

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