Interpreter who saved lives of US soldiers gets American citizenship

Interpreter who saved lives of US soldiers gets American citizenship

- Janis Shinwari was a selfless man who put his life on the line for US soldiers despite being an Afghan national

- The 42-year-old worked for eight years as an interpreter for the US military and was never actively involved in combat

- When he saw his colleagues in trouble, the interpreter picked his rifle and gunned down members of the Taliban

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Janis Shinwari, an immigrant who worked as an interpreter for the US military for nearly a decade can finally brag that he is officially a citizen of the country.

The Afghan national operated in dangerous areas of his homeland and ended up saving the lives of five soldiers who came from America.

Interpreter who saved lives of US soldiers gets American citizenship
Shinwari picked up his rifle when his colleague was in danger and shot down members of the Taliban. Photo: NPR
Source: UGC

“During his service, he saved the lives of five American soldiers. That is not something many people can say,” Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services praised the interpreter.

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According to, Shinwari joined US troops back in 2004 but never meant to participate in active war.

After four years, he was forced to get off his comfort zone and participate in combat after a unit he was with got ambushed by the Taliban.

Without overthinking it, the loyal soldier took a riffle and ran to protect his brothers.

One of the soldiers in his unit was quoted describing the firefight as the worst he had ever been in his whole life.

Interpreter who saved lives of US soldiers gets American citizenship
He officially became a US citizen after serving the country for eight years. Photo: NPR
Source: UGC

The interpreter spotted two members of the Taliban approaching his colleague from behind and quickly took them out with his rifle.

He put his life on the line to save a man he had only known for ten days.

The kind man’s actions landed him on the Taliban’s kill list and for three years he waited for his visa to be processed so he could finally go to the US.

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The 42-year-old now has a new life in the US and counts himself lucky for escaping the sorry fate that would meet him if he stayed in Afghanistan.

In other news, the United States has announced plans to sponsor Nigerians that can come up with a programme aimed at improving the lives of youths in the south-south geopolitical zone.

The disclosure was made by the US embassy in Nigeria, which said interested individuals should submit a proposal detailing how they would organise the programme.

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