Save Afghan Minesweepers

Save Afghan Minesweepers

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Why this petition matters

Started by 1208 Foundation

A unit of Afghan counter-IED specialists, the National Mine Reduction Group, quite literally cleared the way for the Army Green Berets they partnered with. Their technical expertise and familiarity with Taliban tactics was indispensable as they detected and disabled IEDs (usually by hand) in advance of US forces. Many American Special Operators and Green Berets, myself included, are alive today because of the NMRG.

The vast majority of the NMRG were not fortunate enough to have been on the flights out of Kabul: Including their families, there are more than 2,000 of these allies of the US still in Afghanistan - and are persistently hunted by the Taliban for their service in advancing US objectives. ​As if their affiliation with the US military was not dangerous enough, roughly half the NMRG are Hazara - an ethnic minority that has suffered extensive persecution at the hands of the Taliban. It's difficult to imagine a higher-risk group in Afghanistan.

It is a moral obligation to provide for the health and welfare of our Afghan allies and assist wherever necessary to see them through the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) application process. They volunteered to do the most dangerous job in Afghanistan to further the interests of a nation they've never known. And did so purely on faith: Faith that we would be there for them when times got hard.

​We must ensure that their faith in us, as Americans, was not misplaced and fulfill our moral obligation by providing the NMRG refuge in the United States.

Sign to insist that Secretary of State Blinken and members of congress fulfill America promise and provide safe haven to our Afghan Allies

With or without the US Government's support, we are doing everything we can to provide aid; check out our efforts at or donate to Our Fundraiser or GoFundMe. We are providing point-to-point aid to help 300 NMRG families survive famine, evade persecution and immigrate to the United States. We take no salaries in this endeavor.

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