Europe, Middle East, Ap Top News, Kabul, Kosovo, United States, Migration

Europe, Middle East

Secrecy shrouds Afghan refugees sent by US to base in Kosovo

The U.S. is welcoming tens of thousands of Afghans airlifted out of Kabul but has disclosed little publicly about the small group who remain overseas. Dozens who triggered potential security issues have been sent to an American base in Kosovo.

10/23/2021 4:15:00 PM

The U.S. is welcoming tens of thousands of Afghans airlifted out of Kabul but has disclosed little publicly about the small group who remain overseas. Dozens who triggered potential security issues have been sent to an American base in Kosovo .

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is welcoming tens of thousands of Afghans airlifted out of Kabul but has disclosed little publicly about a small group who remain overseas: dozens who triggered potential security issues during security vetting and have been sent to an American base in the Balkan nation of Kosovo .

October 23, 2021 GMTInn this image provided by the U.S. Army, U.S.-affiliated Afghans arrive at the Pristina International Airport in Kosovo on Oct. 16, 2021. During their temporary stay at Camp Liya, Afghan families receive housing, medical, and logistical support from Task Force Ever Vigilant. The U.S. is welcoming tens of thousands of Afghans airlifted out of Kabul but has disclosed little publicly about a small group who remain overseas: Dozens who triggered potential security issues during security vetting and have been sent to an American base in the Balkan nation of Kosovo. The exact number in Kosovo fluctuates as new people arrive and others leave when security issues, such as missing documents, are resolved, according to U.S. officials. (Sgt. Gloria Kamencik/U.S. Army via AP)

Twitter to remove images of people posted without consent WTA to AP: Loss of China events over Peng could go past '22 | AP News The U.N. blames climate change for Madagascar’s food crisis. Scientists say it’s not the main cause.

Inn this image provided by the U.S. Army, U.S.-affiliated Afghans arrive at the Pristina International Airport in Kosovo on Oct. 16, 2021. During their temporary stay at Camp Liya, Afghan families receive housing, medical, and logistical support from Task Force Ever Vigilant. The U.S. is welcoming tens of thousands of Afghans airlifted out of Kabul but has disclosed little publicly about a small group who remain overseas: Dozens who triggered potential security issues during security vetting and have been sent to an American base in the Balkan nation of Kosovo. The exact number in Kosovo fluctuates as new people arrive and others leave when security issues, such as missing documents, are resolved, according to U.S. officials. (Sgt. Gloria Kamencik/U.S. Army via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is welcoming tens of thousands of Afghans airlifted out of Kabul but has disclosed little publicly about a small group who remain overseas: dozens who triggered potential security issues during security vetting and have been sent to headtopics.com

an American base in the Balkan nation of Kosovo.Human rights advocates have raised concerns about the Afghans diverted to Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo over the past six weeks, citing a lack of transparency about their status and the reasons for holding them back. It’s unclear what might become of any who cannot be cleared to come to the United States.

“We are obviously concerned,” said Jelena Sesar, a researcher for Amnesty International who specializes in the Balkans. “What really happens with these people, especially the people who don’t pass security vetting? Are they going to be detained? Are they going to have any access to legal assistance? And what is the plan for them? Is there any risk of them ultimately being returned to Afghanistan?”

ADVERTISEMENTThe Biden administration says it’s too soon to answer some of these questions, at least publicly, as it works feverishly to resettle the Afghans who were evacuated following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August.The lack of public information has made it a challenge for those who closely track the fate of refugees. “There’s not a lot of transparency in terms of how the security check regime works,” said Sunil Varghese, policy director for the International Refugee Assistance Project. “We don’t know why people are being sent to Kosovo for additional screening, what that additional screening is, how long it will take.”

So far, more than 66,000 Afghans have arrived in the U.S since Aug. 17, undergoing what the government portrays as a rigorous security vetting process to screen out national security threats from among a population that includes people who worked as interpreters for the American military as well as their own country’s armed forces. headtopics.com

Jimmy Kimmel Spots The 1 ‘Shocking’ Thing About Trump Positive COVID Test Claim Jeffrey Epstein introduced me to Trump at 14, Ghislaine Maxwell accuser says 30 Under 30 2022: Meet The Gamers, Developers And Founders Pushing For A More Inclusive Games Industry

Of those, about 55,000 are at U.S. military bases around the country, where they complete immigration processing and medical evaluations and quarantine before settling in the United States. There are still 5,000 people from the evacuation at transit points in the Middle East and Europe, according to the Department of Homeland Security, which is managing the effort known as Operation Allies Welcome.

The resettlement effort is under intense scrutiny following waves of criticism of President Joe Biden for the frantic evacuation U.S. forces and allies as part of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, which was put in motion when President Donald Trump’s administration signed a peace deal with the Taliban to end America’s longest war.

ADVERTISEMENTTrump and other Republicans claim the Biden administration has allowed Afghan refugees into the United States without sufficient background checks. Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has defended the screening and said there have been only minimal threats detected among the arriving refugees.

The exact number at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo, a small nation in southeastern Europe that gained independence from Serbia with U.S. support in 2008, fluctuates as new people arrive and others leave when security issues, such as missing documents, are resolved, according to U.S. officials. headtopics.com

The government of Kosovo, a close U.S. ally, has agreed to let the refugees stay in its territory for a year. The country also hosts a separate group at site adjacent to Bondsteel known as Camp Bechtel, where Afghans who worked for NATO nations during the war are staying temporarily until they are resettled in Europe.

For several weeks, there were about 30 Afghan evacuees, along with approximately 170 family members, at Camp Bondsteel because of red flags, according to one U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss information not publicly released.

Sen. Murphy on school shootings: ‘We choose to let it happen’ Prisemi IPO Mints China’s Latest Semiconductor Industry Billionaire 5 things Donald Trump told Brits about Britain

They are in a kind of limbo because they aren’t detained but they aren’t necessarily free to leave either at this point.They volunteered to be evacuated from Afghanistan but were flagged at one of the transit points in Europe or the Middle East and told they had to go to Kosovo. Some chose to bring their families with them while authorities work with analysts and other experts from the FBI, DHS and other agencies to resolve questions about their identity or past associations, said a senior administration official.

They are free to move about the the base but can’t leave under conditions set by the government of Kosovo, said the senior official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss security and diplomatic issues.Those sent to Bondsteel are people who require “significant further consideration,” involving analysis and interviews, before authorities feel comfortable allowing them to move on to the U.S., the senior administration official said.

In some cases, the analysis has led to a determination that they are “suitable for onward travel to the United States,” while in others the “work remains ongoing” and their cases remain unresolved, said the senior administration official, without giving a precise breakdown on the numbers involved.

The U.S. has not sent anyone back to Afghanistan and will decide the fate of anyone who can’t make it through the vetting process on an “individualized” basis, which in some cases might mean resettling them in another country, this official said.In the meantime, though, Bondsteel remains off-limits to outsiders, including lawyers who might potentially represent people there if they aren’t ultimately allowed to enter the U.S., a situation that doesn’t sit right with advocates like Sesar. “There is not real access to the camp,” she said. “There’s no public or independent scrutiny of what happens in there.”

___Associated Press writer Lolita C. Baldor contributed. Read more: The Associated Press »

WSJ News Exclusive | U.S. Launches More Investigations Into Biden Administration’s Afghanistan WithdrawalA number of U.S. agencies have begun internal reviews that aim to determine whether the Biden administration adequately planned for and executed the withdrawal and subsequent evacuation and relocation of Afghan nationals. It seem quite evident that the Biden administration did not properly plan for the safe withdrawal of Americans and others who supported us.

Volvo adds 195,000 vehicles to recall for dangerous air bagsVolvo is recalling another 195,000 vehicles in the U.S. because the front driver’s air bags could explode and send shrapnel into the cabin. Volvo has been unpopular in Japan for 45 years. This is not my fault. Thank you When did Americans forget how to make a quality car? Thank god I drive a KIA pos

Autoliv stock falls after profit falls more than 50% to miss expectations as supply shortages weighed on LVPThe U.S.-listed shares of Autoliv Inc. undefined fell 0.6% in premarket trading Friday, after the Sweden-based auto safety systems maker reported...

Prepare yourself for an avalanche of fake meatThe fast-expanding array of meat mimics — plant-based, cultured and fungi-based — are quickly evolving as producers push to match the nutrition, taste, look, feel, smell and cost of conventional meat. 🤢 Nope. Notice how you never see meat lovers asking for more tofu-tasting items on a menu?

A guide to the future of cultured and plant-based meatsThe list of fake meat — plant-based, cultured, fungi-based — is growing.

Sony Music Loses Bid for Secrecy in Dr. Luke-Kesha Libel TrialA New York judge rejected Sony Music's concerns in the Dr. Luke/Kesha legal battle and ordered that various contracts, business plans and other financial records be unsealed within days. great news. Sony and other big music industry companies maybe will start to feel fear as they should, in case they mistreat their sing-up artists. Remember George Michael vs Sony thing?