Romal Noori worked for the United States military for almost a decade. Now as the U.S. officially wraps up its military mission in Afghanistan … “It’s time to end America’s longest war.” … tens of thousands of Afghan interpreters and contractors like Romal fear they will be targeted by the Taliban. “Last night, too much attacks on the base. The kids, they cried. I told them there is no Taliban. Nothing is going to happen to us — don’t worry.” We spoke to Romal over the course of a month as the U.S. military completes its final drawdown. We offered to protect his identity, but he chose to go on camera to draw attention to his case. “Hello” “Hi.” “Hi.” Emboldened by the withdrawal of U.S. troops, the Taliban has taken over large swaths of the country in the past few months. The impact has reached Bagram, home to the largest American military base in Afghanistan. For most of Romal’s life, American troops have been nearby. He started working for the military when he was a teenager. In the last few years, several hundred translators and their families have been killed, according to an advocacy group for Afghan allies called No One Left Behind. To acknowledge these risks, Congress created a program called the Special Immigrant Visa or S.I.V. Romal is one of more than 20,000 Afghans who have applied, but time is running out. “The S.I.V. program is in no way going to be a fast enough program to get Afghans to safety.” Jennifer Patota works with applicants like Romal at the International Refugee Assistance Project. She says that the S.I.V. program is plagued by a severe backlog, arbitrary denials and stringent requirements that are difficult to meet. “The most difficult step of the S.I.V. application

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