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Afghan Interpreters to Receive British Visas

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The British government says about 600 Afghan interpreters who worked with the British troops in Afghanistan will be allowed to settle in Britain.

Under the proposal, interpreters who worked on the front lines for at least one year and their families will be offered five-year visas and help with relocation and finding work in Britain.

The interpreters say they face the threat of being attacked by the Taliban in their homeland because of their work with foreign forces.

Qualifying interpreters who decide to remain in Afghanistan will receive a five-year training and education package, in addition to their salaries.

A 10 Downing Street official said Prime Minister David Cameron has been very clear that "we should not turn our backs on those who have trod the same path as our soldiers."

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