ABC Helps Rescue Afghan Interpreter, Family Before Biden Would Abandon

Nicholas Fondacaro | August 25, 2021
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While the Biden administration was getting ready to abandon anywhere between 1,000 and 1,500 Americans along with thousands of Afghans that helped American troops over the course of the last 20 years, ABC reported on Wednesday that they had made moves behinds the scenes to help one Afghan interpreter and his family escape the country as the Taliban nipped at their heels.

After their initial report giving an update on the situation in Afghanistan, anchor David Muir surprised the audience by announcing how the network and chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz helped guide Abdul, an interpreter for the Marines, and his family to safety. “He's been in touch with her all along. The Taliban showing up at his family's door. Tonight here, Martha with an extraordinary update,” he said.

In her report, Raddatz introduced viewers to Abdul and told us how he was embedded with the Marines in Helmand Province, where some of the toughest fighting of the war took place. “When we met him in Kabul in June, he already knew he was a marked man,” she said, playing a sound bite of him saying he knew he would be “killed by the Taliban” if they found him.