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Afghan Interpreters, Others Fast-tracking to Canada

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Some still waiting .... "Afghans who worked for Canadian military still waiting for rescue from Kabul safe house"
... Eleanor Taylor, a retired Canadian lieutenant-colonel who is Aman Lara’s volunteer chief of staff, said the organization and its allied NGOs have a master list of about 2,000 applicants. Along with their families, they come to just more than 10,000 people who need to be evacuated from Afghanistan and brought to Canada. Roughly half of the primary applicants have connections to the Canadian military, while the rest of the list is made up of women, LGBTQ+ individuals, human-rights workers and journalists who fit the profile of IRCC’s program to bring 40,000 Afghan refugees to Canada.

Evading the Taliban is the biggest challenge for Aman Lara and its allies, but getting the wheels of Canadian bureaucracy to turn faster – to issue emergency visas and to persuade Afghanistan’s neighbours to temporarily take in Canada-bound refugees – has also been difficult ...
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Not looking great for some who helped the Dutch ...
Afghan interpreters who worked for the Netherlands have been summoned to appear in court by the Taliban who have threatened their families, Dutch public television NOS reported on Friday.

The interpreters are in hiding but their family members will be held responsible if they fail to show up in court “and severely punished to teach other traitors a lesson,” said a letter from the Taliban, which was aired by the broadcaster ...
 

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The “New Taliban.” More tolerant than before. Reformed. For the people, by the people. No more crazy violence or ruling by tyranny.

Riiiigghhhtttt….
 

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Some still waiting, but not in Afghanistan ....
An Afghan family that fled Kabul as the Taliban took over the country in August has been stuck in Ukraine for more than a month while they wait for Canadian immigration officials to process their paperwork.
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Jawed Ahmad Haqmal — a former interpreter for the Canadian Armed Forces — and his 11 relatives, including five children, were part of a large group that was evacuated by Ukrainian soldiers.

Since landing in Kyiv on Aug. 28, they have been staying at a hotel paid for by the Globe and Mail, whose reporter Mark MacKinnon assisted the family’s dramatic escape hours after two deadly suicide attacks outside Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport ...
 

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In the U.K., ballsy move by someone ...
A suspected extremist with links to ISIS was removed from a plane leaving Kabul, foiling his attempt to return to the UK after being stripped of his rights to live there.

The Afghan man, identified only as D9, had been living in the UK since 2001 but returned to Afghanistan for Covid-19-related reasons in 2019, only to be barred from returning on national security grounds.

Undeterred, the man tried to travel back to the UK in March and boarded a Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul for the first leg of his journey. But the British government intervened and he was taken off the aircraft in Kabul because of the security risk he posed, court papers say.

D9 is now suing Home Secretary Priti Patel so he can leave Afghanistan where he believes his life is at risk because authorities may conclude that he is an extremist.

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D9 is relying on a judge’s ruling in February that the British government did not have the right to end the residency rights of another migrant in a separate case ...
 

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He left the UK and went back to Afghanistan for Covid related reasons? How does that make any sense?

Leave a country with a well established healthcare system, free vaccinations once the vaccines became available, and various social supports…for…

a 3rd world country that - at the time - was run by a corrupt and incompetent government with no health care system, no access to medications or vaccinations, or modern medical assistance?


Cool move. Bro. Clearly well thought out too.

I wish when COVID became a thing, my brain was smart enough to say “Ya know what? Better move to Afghanistan, just to be on the safe side…”

Either he’s a genuine moron, or someone that raised enough serious flags to have the UK arrange for him to be taken off a plane before it took off. I’m guessing it’s the latter…

And he is worried that his life is in danger because authorities may conclude he is an extremist. The local authorities are the Taliban…


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Btw - if the UK arranged to have him removed from a flight prior to takeoff, it means they had surveillance on him. Electronically to know he had purchased a ticket, and someone on the ground that confirmed he had boarded the aircraft.

Media might want to think before writing and publishing articles. The Taliban are now aware that the UK has active reporting sources in Kabul, even if they are just CI’s.

Discretion is truly undervalued.


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... Media might want to think before writing and publishing articles ...
And if they don't publish articles about people kicked out for being threats trying to get back into a country, they get accused of "not showing the truth" or "ignoring what's happening," especially if it's happening in open court proceedings. #CantWin

And if anyone knows they're being watched by more than just the U.K., it would be Taliban 2.0 these days :D
 

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How shitty of a day are you having when the Taliban pull you off a flight for being a wee bit too sketchy? 😅

And for it to all happen at THAT airport to boot…



The more I think about this article, the more my dark side chuckles a bit…

He’s worried that local authorities may deem him to be an extremist.

Ummm…the UK just had you pulled off a flight for ‘posing a serious security risk to the UK.’ The Taliban don’t need to deem you an extremist, the UK already called them and outed you as one. Hence your current predicament…

I had assumed ‘it was the latter’ in my previous post. But maybe it’s a blend of both possibilities? 🤷🏼‍♂️



**Disclaimer now - If the UK did just muck this up and do this to the wrong person, or did this based on blatantly wrong information, just ignore my sarcasm here.

Then I’d genuinely feel for this guy.

Still doesn’t explain why he went back to Afghanistan after getting out. Especially for COVID related reasons…
 

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Back here at home, this out Monday from the Immigration/Refugee/Citizenship info-machine ...
Individuals from Afghanistan may now be eligible to apply for a pre-removal risk assessment (PRRA) if they received a final negative decision from the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada or the Federal Court, or a final PRRA decision from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) from October 19, 2020 to October 18, 2021.

If someone’s refugee claim or previous application for a PRRA is rejected, abandoned or withdrawn, or if their application for leave or judicial review is dismissed by the Federal Court, they are not eligible to apply for a PRRA for at least 12 months.

However, the worsening conditions in Afghanistan could put individuals at risk, in which case they may warrant an additional assessment. For this reason, some individuals from Afghanistan are now exempt from the 12-month bar on applying for a PRRA, depending on when they received a decision on their refugee claim ...
 
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