Facing Retaliation from Taliban, First Afghan Evacuees Arrive in US

Headline Roundup July 30th, 2021

Roughly 200 Afghan interpreters and their families arrived in the United States early Friday, the first group of evacuees who aided the American war effort in Afghanistan and now face retaliation from the Taliban. The evacuees will complete a special visa application process created following the end of U.S. military operations in the country earlier this month. About 2,500 people will be taken to the U.S. as part of the program, and another 4,000 will reportedly be evacuated to third countries or overseas U.S. military bases. The Taliban has reportedly already begun targeting and executing people accused of helping the U.S. military.

There were few notable divides in coverage across the spectrum. Most sources laid out the facts with little to no spin or slant, regardless of their bias rating; many put a special focus on the dangers the interpreters face back home.

From the Left

The first group of Afghans who worked for the U.S. government and faced retaliation from the Taliban for their efforts arrived in the U.S. early Friday.

The 200 Afghans flew into Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C., and were to be bused to an Army base in Virginia for medical screenings, officials said.

They are expected to remain at Fort Lee, about 230 miles south of Washington, for a week.

In a statement, President Joe Biden said the arrivals were "an important milestone as we continue to fulfill our promise to the thousands of Afghan nationals who served...

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From the Center

About 200 Afghan interpreters and their families have arrived in the US - the first of a group of 2,500 Afghans being evacuated as the Taliban advances.

The interpreters are being resettled under a visa programme for those who worked with the US during the recently ended 20-year war with the Taliban.

They arrived in the early hours of Friday morning and were taken to Fort Lee military base in Virginia.

They are expected to stay there for around a week while they are processed.

The Taliban have been advancing...

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From the Right

The first group of Afghans who aided U.S. forces is on the way to the United States to complete the application process for a special visa.

With the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan nearly complete, the Biden administration started “Operation Allies Refuge" to evacuate thousands of Afghan helpers to the U.S. who face the threat of retribution from advancing Taliban forces.

President Joe Biden called their arrival “an important milestone as we continue to fulfill our promise to the thousands of Afghan nationals who served shoulder-to-shoulder with American troops and diplomats over the last 20 years in Afghanistan,” in...

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