Afghan interpreters to get U.K. visas


Around 600 Afghan interpreters who served with British forces fighting the Taliban in southern Afghanistan will be allowed to stay in Britain, the government revealed Wednesday.

Prime Minister David Cameron initially opposed calls to allow interpreters and their families to settle in Britain, but backed down following a campaign.

He is now preparing to offer five-year visas to those who served on the front line for a year or more.

The interpreters say they face the threat of being attacked by the Taliban in their homeland because of their work with foreign forces.

Those who wish to remain in Afghanistan will receive an improved financial offer under the new plans. They will be paid their salary for five years if they train or study or be paid for 18 months if not.