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Biden’s defense secretary says concerned about Afghan pilots in Tajikistan By Reuters


© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin addresses questions in a House Armed Services Committee Hearing on “Ending U.S. Military Missions in Afghanistan”, held at the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, U.S.A. September 29, 2021. Rod

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin expressed concern on Wednesday about U.S.-Afghan pilots and other personnel being held in Tajikistan after fleeing there last month, during a hearing where a lawmaker complained of foot-dragging by U.S. diplomats.

We will immediately contact the State Department officials to discuss how we can make this work. Austin stated that he shared your concerns during the hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

Reuters exclusively provided first-person accounts from U.S.-trained Afghan personnel being held at a sanatorium in a mountainous, rural area outside of the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, waiting and hoping for over a month for transfer by the United States. One of the 143 Afghans is pregnant.

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