Interpreter Granted Asylum After Taliban Attacks Family
By Harold Hutchison
At least one more interpreter for American forces who have been fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan will make it into the United States. Mohammed, aka “Yoda,” was in the news this past October when his father was killed and his three-year-old brother kidnapped by the Taliban.
According to a report by the Washington Free Beacon, the grant of asylum by the State Department ends a three-year wait for “Yoda” – but a backlog of over 7,000 applications remains.
“Mohammad and I are indebted to all of you for your ideas, patience, and constant support over the past three years. One of the most amazing things about this struggle has been how many people across the country stepped up to help one man,” Marine Captain Adrian Kinsella wrote. Kinsella’s platoon worked with “Yoda” in Afghanistan in 2010.
Even as Barack Obama has been planning a withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan, interpreters have waited years. One of those interpreters fought alongside Dakota Meyer in the engagement for which Meyer and Army Captain Will Swenson received the Medal of Honor.