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Military veteran races to assist interpreter

DYER, Ind. (WLS) — Christoper McClanathan was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. Throughout his service there he grew to become shut along with his unit’s interpreter, a neighborhood Afghan. Now that interpreter is on the run, the Taliban is looking for him, and McClanathan believes he is in grave hazard.

“Principally he is sort of transferring from home to accommodate,” he mentioned. “As a result of the Taliban is in search of him and others like him.”

Whereas McClanathan was deployed, the interpreter grew to become a pal and important useful resource.

“He was on the bottom with us 12 hours a day, each day,” he mentioned. “He is 20 years outdated on the time after I was there 10 years in the past, so he is across the identical age as us. We had so much in widespread. He was going to varsity close by to enhance his schooling.”

Lots of the interpreters lived simply off base; locals, with households, selecting to assist U.S. forces, typically in any respect prices.

“We served with these folks. They, in some circumstances, bled for us. And we bled for them to avoid wasting them, similar to every other member of our unit,” McClanathan mentioned.

The veteran mentioned days in the past his pal almost escaped, however was turned away at a U.S. gate. He mentioned the interpreter advised him many of the Afghans who did get out simply rushed the airport.

McClanathan is working from his dwelling in Dyer, making calls and even connecting with Congressman Raja Krisnamoorthi’s workplace. Vigilant, however involved.

“We mentioned, ‘Hey, in case you assist us we are going to maintain you,” McClanathan mentioned. “And I really feel like proper now, we aren’t doing that.”

McClanathan mentioned he spoke to his pal this morning. On the path of the State Division, he’s avoiding the airport and is again in hiding.

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