An Australian veteran who served in Afghanistan from 2012-2013 is desperately fighting for his interpreter and many others amid the Taliban searching for anyone who served with Australia and its allies.
Veteran Jason Scanes says there is an “absolute feeling of desperation and fear” for interpreters.
“There is an absolute feeling of desperation and fear for those interpreters that are on the ground at the moment,” he told Sky News Australia.
“Many of them have been sleeping on the ground overnight, waiting at the airport.
“There’s reports that the Taliban has set up a checkpoint at the main gate to the airport so the chances of these interpreters getting in is pretty slim.”
He said while the Australian government is right in saying it will not be able to reach all interpreters, there are still some which can be saved.
“But I would say that I provided a list of around 100 interpreters and other aid workers that are in Kabul and many of them would be waiting outside the gate at the airport.
“We can get those that are there now.”