"Interpreters have become a very big target of the Taliban and Al Queda," says Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.). "There's been a lot of beheadings of people that have worked with the West."
For the past 13 years of war, the American military has relied on Afghan nationals to serve as interpreters. These are essential jobs but also very dangerous ones; they are labeled as traitors by the Taliban and live in constant fear for their lives. As more American bases close and troops are called home, interpreters are left to fend off the Taliban alone.