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Long wait to come to America for Iraqis, Afghans who served U.S. troops

Long waits and a shortage of available visas for a huge backlog of applications remain major issues for the U.S. government’s Special Immigrant Visa program intended to ease entry to the United States for Iraqis and Afghans who served as interpreters or performed other duties for the United States in each country. While waiting, they remain targets for al-Qaida or the Taliban.

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