Afghanistan

Surprise reunion of veteran and Afghan interpreter, 10 years on

Veteran John Carson was put in touch with Kouchai after he volunteered to offer support to Afghan families moving into his area.

In the summer of 2021, military veterans around the country watched in horror as Afghanistan fell back under Taliban control.

One former British soldier volunteered to offer support to Afghan families moving into his local area.

To his surprise, the council put him in touch with an Afghan who he had served alongside on the frontline 10 years earlier.

Afghanistan veteran John Carson told Forces News: "I think they gave a lot for our cause out there. I think we need to repay that as best we can.

"I know there's a lot of pressures in life in the UK at the moment, but I think we kind of owe that to this group of people."

Kouchai, an interpreter with British Forces from 2009-11, said he was helped by "the soldier of the UK, the government of the UK" because "nobody helped us in Afghanistan".