‘They will kill me’: Afghan interpreter says Taliban ‘tortured him’ in front of wife and children

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One of the Afghan interpreters whom the Biden administration abandoned in Afghanistan despite all the work he did alongside America’s veterans was reportedly beaten by the Taliban on Thursday and may be murdered next.

“An Afghan interpreter who aided the U.S. military for the last decade [said] the Taliban beat him in his home on Thursday night for suspected ties to the American government, as he and his family face a yearslong delay for approval of their Special Immigrant Visa applications,” Fox News reported Friday.

“The interpreter, who requested his identity be kept anonymous for his and his family’s safety, [said] in an interview Thursday night over the phone that the Taliban came to his home and ‘tortured him’ in front of his wife and his three young children,” the outlet added.

The anonymous interpreter said that he and his family had tried traveling to the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul repeatedly but were unable to ever get through the gates.

After the final set of U.S. troops departed Afghanistan on Aug. 30th as per the orders of President Joe Biden, a Democrat, the interpreter and his family went into hiding out of fear they’d be murdered by the Taliban.

Roughly a week later, they came home to “pick up something,” and they were busted by the Taliban — though thankfully after the interpreter had a chance to hide his work and evacuation documents.

“[I]f they find that, they will know and they will kill me. They will torture me,” he told Fox News.

For the time being, they merely beat him severely.

“The Taliban came to our house and beaten me and tortured me and asked why we left home last week when the Taliban was checking our house,” he recalled.

Obviously, he didn’t tell the Taliban that they’d “escaped and were hiding from the Taliban because I feared they know about my identity and my job because I was working for the U.S. government,” he added.

“They were beating me, and trying to find out what my job was, and I told them I am just a simple civilian person, a simple civilian person. I told them I was not part of the government or the U.S. coalition forces,” the interpreter recalled.

They also asked him why he didn’t shave his beard and why he wasn’t wearing Taliban-like clothes — all as they beat him using “something in their hand” and “put the gun to my head,” he explained to Fox News.

“They asked, ‘Are you a spy of the U.S. military? Are you a spy of the U.S. government?’ My kids were crying, my wife was crying, they tortured me and beat me in front of them and tried to take me to their station,” he continued.

What saved him were his family’s tears.

“The interpreter [said] that because of his family’s cries, the Taliban ‘pitied’ him and did not take him to their station, but said they would return to search his house, and warned that if he was not present, they would ‘find me and they will shoot me,'” according to Fox News.

“My hands and body are shaking. The most important thing is my family and my life,” he said.

Also speaking with Fox News, the interpreter’s wife said she’s “very scared for the Taliban that they will kill my kids and my husband.”

“If they kill my husband, how can I handle my life? My husband was working with Americans and helped them, and right now, they’re not helping us,” she added.

If anything, the Biden administration may have sentenced them to death. It’s known that the administration gave the Taliban a veritable “kill list” of U.S. citizens and Afghan allies that it’d hoped would be used to make certain the right people got into the airport at Kabul. But the right people clearly didn’t get in.

Instead thousands of random people — including reportedly even child traffickers — got into the airport and evacuated out of Afghanistan.

“[A] small percentage of the Afghan citizens who got out are the ones the U.S. pledged to place at the top of its priority list: the thousands who had worked for the U.S. and its allies as well as employees of nongovernmental groups and media organizations,” Bloomberg reported earlier this month.

“In fact, many of the Afghans who were most vulnerable to the Taliban — applicants for the Special Immigrant Visa program intended for translators and others who aided the American war effort — didn’t make it out because the U.S. told them going to the airport would be too dangerous. And they never got a call to come before the last U.S. plane departed to meet President Joe Biden’s Aug. 31 departure deadline,” the outlet added.

Among some of those who did get in, the Associated Press added at the time, were “much older men” with “Afghan girls” they claimed were their wives.

Meanwhile, the anonymous interpreter Fox News spoke to remains trapped — and abandoned — in Afghanistan despite all he’s done for America.

He “worked with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines and U.S. Army, as well as U.S. military contractors from 2011 until the end of 2014,” according to Fox News.

“They left you behind,” he recalled his friends telling him in reference to the Biden administration’s callous actions.

“It makes me very disappointed,” he added in his own words.


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