Afghan translator who helped California Army captain and family escape to Belgium –

Afghan translator who helped California Army captain and family escape to Belgium

2021-08-27 19:28:12



An Afghan translator who became close friends with a former Army captain from Sunnyvale and his relatives have made it safely to Belgium.


Reza, who asked that his last name not be identified for safety reasons, his three young girls, wife and mother fled Afghanistan on Thursday, hours before the suicide attacks on the Hamid Karzai International Airport. His sister made it to Qatar earlier in the week.


The death toll in that airport bombing has risen to 13 U.S. service members and at least 169 Afghans, which includes the cousin of a San Leandro Afghan refugee. 


President Joe Biden blamed the attack on Afghanistan’s offshoot of the Islamic State group, an enemy of both the Taliban and the West.


And as they left the mayhem and and their homeland behind them, Reza and relatives were able to lift off and finally touch down in Brussels late Thursday…


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