Afghan Interpreters In Peril

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Hundreds of interpreters who worked with U.S. forces in Afghanistan say they've been put on a blacklist, trapping them in a country in which they are no longer safe.

The translators claim that once on the list — often for minor offenses in the past — they cannot apply for a special visa to live in America or get a job in their own country, and they are also being hunted by the Taliban.

The U.S. government says the translators could pose a security risk. The BBC's Thomas Martienssen has this report.

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  • Thomas Martienssen, correspondent for the BBC. He tweets @martienssen.

This segment aired on December 1, 2014.


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