More Than 300 Afghan Refugees May Soon Be Resettled In MinnesotaWhile tens of thousands of Afghans on military bases await resettlement in the United States, local officials say they expect more than 300 of those who escaped Kabul to be placed in Minnesota in the coming weeks.
'That Global Beacon Of Hope...Isn’t Looking So Strong': Former Air Force Captain Reflects On 9/11, U.S. Leaving AfghanistanSept. 11, 2001, changed the course of countless lives, including the life of a Minnesota college student, who answered the call to service.
'They're Out There Running For Their Life': Former Afghan Describes Danger Educated Girls Face ThereOne Hazara family told Yazdan Bakhsh last week their daughter was so desperate to avoid the Taliban she died by suicide. Bakhsh helped three girls and their brother escape from Afghanistan on a plane to Africa last month.
Dem Lawmakers Say Fort McCoy Refugees Are Properly VettedFort McCoy is one of eight U.S. military bases that’s temporarily housing Afghans who have fled their country after the recent collapse of the government to the Taliban. The base can host up to 13,000 refugees and as of Friday, 8,780 people had arrived.
More Than 8,000 Afghan Refugees Now At Wisconsin's Fort McCoyMilitary officials initially said Fort McCoy would temporarily house up to 10,000 refugees, but they are now expanding that count to 13,000. The number of Afghans there currently has nearly tripled in a week.
Fort McCoy In Wisconsin Holding Largest Population Of Afghan EvacueesAs of Wednesday morning, there were about 6,400 Afghans housed there, with a total capacity of 10,000. Two sources familiar with the Fort McCoy operations told CBS News the Defense Department planned to increase the total capacity to 13,000.
Former Army Interpreter Needs Help Getting Family Out Of Afghanistan“When you’re stuck in a tough situation, you ask for everybody to help, and that’s what I’m looking for," said Rafiullah Salarzai.
How Are Refugees Placed Around The Country? And Why Might Some States Get More Than Others?At least 35 refugees from Afghanistan have new homes in Minnesota. Over the next several months, that number is expected to grow to 300, according to International Institute of Minnesota.
Rep. Dean Phillips: 'We Will Assess Very Deeply What Went Wrong' In AfghanistanPhillips, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is also one of the few Democratic members of Congress who has publicly voiced criticism of the Biden administration's handling of the crisis.
Unclear If Minnesota National Guard Members Hurt In Kabul Airport BombingEleven-hundred Minnesota National Guard troops are in Afghanistan right now, including at the Kabul Airport.
Gov. Walz Says Minnesota Has Welcomed 35 Refugees From Afghanistan So Far, Addresses Attack On Kabul AirportMinnesota has already welcomed dozens of refugees from Afghanistan and is expecting more, according to Gov. Tim Walz. He also addressed the attack at the Kabul airport that killed multiple U.S. service members.