Afghan attack helicopter pilot, Major Mohammed Naiem Asadi, 32, and his family, had been approved for asylum in the United States. Yet, the decision was recently reversed.

Based on an article published by Stars and Stripes, Asadi and his family are currently under U.S. protection at an American base in Afghanistan. Asadi has been told that he and his family will have to leave the safety of the U.S. base on Monday, November 30, if he does not rejoin the Afghan Air Force.

Asadi had sought asylum for himself and his family due to the growing violence and death threats against his family for the role he has played in the war against the Taliban.

Afghan and U.S. military officers reported to Stars and Stripes that Asadi has killed more Taliban members than any other pilot in the Afghan Air Force. This makes him an obvious target for the Taliban.

He had applied for himself and his family to come to the U.S. under Significant Public Benefit Parole, which is designed to provide temporary status for non-citizens that need protection.

The Pentagon had approved his asylum request but reversed the decision a few weeks ago. The decision was reversed after several high ranking military officials claimed they were worried that Asadi’s approval process may not have satisfied all appropriate requirements. There was also concern about allowing an active duty Afghan Air Force pilot to flee to the United States.

In the past, other Afghan helicopter pilots have sought asylum in the United States. Pilots who were unsuccessful in gaining asylum have faced potential jail time from the Afghan government.

Asadi’s lawyer, Kimberly Motley, who had represented another Afghan pilot in 2016 that was given refuge in the U.S., is very worried that Asadi will be placed in prison and separated from his family if not granted asylum.