CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia says it has resettled in recent months more than 500 Afghans who had jeopardized their own safety by helping the Australian military in their war-ravaged homeland.

The government said in a statement it had been reluctant to comment on the refugee program until Sunday because of risks to those who applied for resettlement before a September 2013 deadline.

The Afghans, mainly interpreters and their families, were granted refugee visas. Most were resettled in Australia since late last year.

Australia has ended combat operations in Afghanistan and withdrew about 1,000 troops in 2013, but still has about 400 troops performing advisory and training roles.