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Italian troops patrolling Moussa district near Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2008. The Italian military was part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) led by NATO.
In December 2014 NATO troops will withdraw from Herat and other bases around Afghanistan after a ten years mission. Interpreters who worked alongside NATO forces now feel that they are in danger and receive death threats from the Taliban. They risked their lives for 10 years alongside NATO troops, and now some are beginning to feel that they are being abandoned. It is turning out harder than they thought to obtain the visas promised them by the governments of NATO forces.
Mohammed and Abbas were translators for the Italian NATO forces based outside of Herat. They are pleading with their government to put pressure on the Italian government to allow them visas, having risked their lives for ten years while working to protect Italian forces and ensure their communication with Afghan communities and leaders.
A US soldier on patrol with the Swedish led forces in Mazar-e-Sharif
A local man walks along the road past brown almond fields
Italian military training Afghan soldiers in Kabul in 2008. The Italian troops were part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) led by NATO.