A soldier in uniform stands next to a man in a military vehicle with rugged mountains in the background.


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Mohammad, an Afghan interpreter, cleared big hurdles to get a Special Immigrant Visa, which is available to Afghans who have assisted US missions. He was killed by the Taliban before his visa was approved. 

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David Smyth, a former Army Special Forces Major, is shown in Afghanistan in 2007. A local interpreter he worked with sits in the background. Smyth does not want the interpreter’s name published because he is “extremely sensitive about the threat to his family still living in Afghanistan should his role as an interpreter be publicized.”


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