Ahmadzai was branded a 'threat' to Britain despite risking his life for the Army
Already subjected to one assassination attempt and has been sentenced to die
Campaigners estimate 200 translators who worked for UK may not be rescued
An Afghan interpreter is now being hunted by taliban kill squads after his visa to the UK was revoked last week despite the militant group's shadow courts passing a death sentence against him.
Ahmadzai, who is hiding with his family after at least one assassination attempt, was branded a 'threat' to UK security by Home Office officials despite bravely serving alongside senior British Army generals, one of whom called the claim 'rubbish'.ADVERTISEMENTi-amphtml-sizer">
He told the Stories of Our Times podcast: 'The only actions left are either to remain in Kabul and get killed by the Taliban, to cross the border to Iran and go there, or to be helped by NATO countries.template type="amp-mustache"">>/amp-minute-media-player">>
'They have sentenced me to death, and ordered their fighters that I should be shot and killed wherever I am found. Three weeks ago my son was with me when four gunmen tried to kill me but I recognised them and they fled.'
The interpreter - referred to only by his last name for security reasons - said that working for the British forces 'was my mistake', adding: 'Not only have I risked my life and made the Taliban want to kill me, but I've also risked the life of my kids.'
His harrowing story emerged as Ben Wallace, the Defence Secretary and a former soldier, fought back tears as he admitted 'some won't get back' from Afghanistan after the capital, Kabul, fell to the Taliban.
Campaigners estimate that around 200 former translators who worked over the last two decades for UK forces may not be rescued – for many because their claim for relocation was rejected – even if 'freedom flights' that are carrying some to asylum are able to continue.
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