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Comment: Britain owes a debt of service to Afghan interpreters

03 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph

During their long years of deployment in Afghanistan, Britain’s Armed Forces employed around 3,000 Afghan interpreters. Hunted by the Taliban as traitors, many subsequently applied for asylum in the UK. Only a few hundred were granted it, and now some of them are being asked to pay a hefty fee in order to apply to remain. This is deeply unjust.

The intervention of Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, is therefore most welcome. He has asked the Home Office to waive the £2,389 charge, and it is believed that the two departments are close to an agreement. The moral case for action is straightforward: these are courageous people who chose, in the midst of a horrific civil war, at serious risk...

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