U.S. defense secretary says he is concerned for Afghan pilots held in Tajikistan

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By Phil Stewart and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin expressed concern on Wednesday for U.S.-trained Afghan pilots and other personnel being held in Tajikistan after fleeing across the border from Afghanistan last month as the Taliban took power. Reuters exclusively reported first-person accounts from U.S.-trained Afghan personnel being held at a sanatorium in a mountainous, rural area outside of the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, waiting and hoping for over a month for transfer by the United States. Among the 143 Afghans there is a pilot at an advanced stage o…

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