Skip to content
Subscriber Only

U.S. Seeks Refuge for Afghan Staff as It Hands Over Key Base

  • Biden administration asks three Central Asian nations for help
  • U.S. departs Bagram Air Base almost two decades after invasion
Children walk along a path outside a US military base in Bagram.

Children walk along a path outside a US military base in Bagram.

Photographer: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

Updated on

The Biden administration asked three Central Asian nations to temporarily house thousands of Afghans who worked with American forces and could be targeted by the Taliban as U.S. and NATO troops withdraw after nearly two decades.

The U.S. has asked Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to take in about 9,000 Afghans who assisted with the American military’s invasion and occupation of the country, according to three people familiar with the request, who asked not to be identified discussing private deliberations.