Former Afghan pilot, grounded in Virginia, strives to bring family to U.S.

Tashmorad Qara, 37, who resettled in Roanoke, Va., after almost 10 years into his career helping the U.S. fight the Taliban as a pilot with the Afghan Air Force, poses on May 17, 2023. His identity is not being revealed for fear of reprisals from the Taliban. (Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP) ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Gripping a wrench and pulling back with all his might, Tashmorad Qara loosened the heavy cap on a fire hydrant. When the water spouted, he took a sample, closed the hydrant at a Roanoke apartment complex, then he and his partner headed […]

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