INTERNATIONAL

Afghan Interpreters : First Group Of Evacuees Arrives In U.S.

The first flight carrying Afghans who worked as interpreters for American troops and diplomats has arrived in the United States, the start of an operation to evacuate thousands from possible Taliban retaliation.

U.S. Charge D'affaires in Kabul, Ross Wilson said the first flight of 'operation allies refuge' that departed Kabul landed in the United States.

Around 20,000 Afghans worked for the United States following the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and have applied for evacuation under the state department's special immigrant Visas Program.