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The interpreters who worked alongside American and NATO forces in Afghanistan are among our bravest and most loyal allies. They played an essential role in sourcing intelligence and educating Western troops about the local culture. Now they're in danger of being abandoned.
In Part 4, VICE News correspondent Ben Anderson meets American veterans and lawyers desperately trying to get Afghan interpreters the visas they need to escape persecution by the Taliban. Although US soldiers considered the interpreters some of their closest allies and most trusted friends while serving overseas — many veterans say they owe their lives to interpreters — the soldiers now face frustrating bureaucracy and red tape as they attempt to help their former comrades seek asylum in the United States.