Thousands of Afghan allies, many of whom courageously served alongside members of the US military as police officers and translators, are now at risk of revenge due to the Taliban’s takeover.

With the Afghan crisis escalating, an urgent effort is underway to save Mohammad Khalid Wardak, a vital translator, and former Afghan National Police commander.

Mohammad Khalid Wardak had no plans to leave Afghanistan. The high-profile national police officer had collaborated with American special forces and even challenged the Taliban to a battle on television. AP reported that after the U.S. forces had left, he intended to stand alongside his countrymen to defend his homeland.

Then his government collapsed in an astonishingly short period of time. He is now in hiding with his wife and four children, wounded and hunted by the Taliban, desperately hoping that American officials will recognize his loyalty by helping his family escape death.

But now, U.S. policy is not on his side. Except for translators, interpreters, and others who worked for the U.S. in Afghanistan, Afghan military members and police officials are not eligible for special immigrant visas, per supporters.

While Taliban members have promised to keep the peace throughout the transition of power, American military officials have warned of the upcoming threats.

“They go door-to-door and they check to see if anybody in this household is serving in the police, in the Army, and then if that’s the case, they threaten to murder the whole family,” said H.R. McMaster, former National Security Advisor of the United States.

“He directly saved U.S. lives on a half-dozen occasions that I can just think of,” said Ryan Brummond, a former U.S. Special Forces Commander. “He spent 10, 11, 12 years sacrificing his time with his family, his own personal safety.”

Brummond also made an emotional plea for Wardak’s rescue to Jan Jeffcoat of The National Desk on Tuesday morning, per FOX17.

“It is this nation’s duty to help those who helped us and were loyal to us and their country for so long and have nothing left,” said Sgt. Major Chris Green of the Army Special Forces worked with Khalid and is one of several current and former military members pressing for his case “It’s our duty to … just help them survive. That’s where we are at this point, just helping them survive.”

Khalid and his family have applied for refugee status due to their fear of persecution, Green stated.

Those like Khalid who are priority Taliban targets because of their involvement with U.S. forces deserve special consideration, according to Robert McCreary, a former congressional chief of staff and White House official under President George W. Bush who has worked with special forces in Afghanistan.

“They’re shouting his name in the street, looking for him, hunting for him. And the fear is if they get a hold of him and his family, they are going to make an example out of them,” McCreary said.

In March, 2013, a special forces detachment in eastern Afghanistan’s Wardak Province was attacked by an insider, dressed in an Afghan National Security Forces uniform, who opened fire, killing two Americans, Khalid rushed to the rescue.

Friends in the US military helped Khalid get medical care and a prosthetic leg outside the country after losing part of his right leg in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in 2015. According to Green, he was back in Afghanistan a month later, leading special police operations alongside the US.

He helped in the capture of al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders along the way. He became the police chief in Ghazni Province and then Helmand Province, where he was injured again last month in a mortar attack and continued to lead the resistance from his hospital bed.

“Khalid was — is — a true patriot to Afghanistan, but also resolute in support to the Americans,” said Green. That includes his willingness to talk to citizens on television and radio “exactly what our operations were … how we were protecting the Afghan people and the Americans, and then daring the Taliban to drop their terrorist methods and come fight him face to face,” Green continued.

“Without a doubt, any one of us would take these guys, these police officers, these Afghan soldiers into our homes, with their families, and do anything we could do to help them just continue to live,” Green said.

Those who aided the US, on the other hand, are “now just absolutely left hanging out in the cold,” he said.

As time is running out, McCreary warned that “It’s just such an urgent, high-profile situation that it is really tearing us up. We know what’s going to happen, and it’s not good.”