Middle East

March 14, 2013

U.S. pledge to help Iraqis who aided occupation largely unfulfilled

Ten years after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein and set off a sectarian war that continues to this day, thousands of Iraqis are eligible for resettlement to the U.S. because they risked their lives to help the war effort as interpreters, cultural advisers and other support staff. But of the allotment of about 25,000 “special immigrant visas,” just 4,669 cases have been approved since 2008, and the program is scheduled to end in September.

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