Inside journalist’s desperate bid to save translator from Taliban
Every morning since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in the wake of the US withdrawal, journalist Toby Harnden waits for a call or a WhatsApp message from “R,” a translator he worked with on “First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA’s Secret Mission to Avenge 9/11” — his new book about the early days of the 2001 US invasion.
“It’s a proof of life check,” Harnden told The Post. “Part of my dread is that he just drops off and I don’t hear from him again because God knows what happened. It’s constant tension.”
Harnden — who worked for The Telegraph and The Sunday Times — has now written two books on Afghanistan and spent a lot of time in the war-torn country. While many of his associates have escaped to Turkey and Uzbekistan, R contacted him last weekend desperately seeking help.