A U.S. Army veteran who had been desperate to have his family removed from Afghanistan said the Taliban was looking to behead them.
In an interview with Fox News, the former staff sergeant, an Afghan citizen, said that the local Taliban commanders knew him by his name in Kabul.
He said the Taliban went into his house last week, where there were photos of him in his uniform. Luckily, at that time, his family had already gone into hiding.
The veteran told the outlet the militant group had targeted his relatives for years since they recognized him as a “traitor” in 2007 after learning of his affiliation.
“I am an apostate, and so is my family because of my affiliation with the U.S. government,” he said. “My whole family will be beheaded.”
He said right after the militant group identified him as an enemy, his home had been attacked by gunfire, and bombings followed years later.
He said his sister and her husband were beaten brutally by the group, leaving the husband with ongoing injuries.
While his sister had fled the country after the assault, her spouse remained in the country and had tried to get to Kabul airport three times. He was beaten terribly by the Taliban in his second attempt, to the point that he had to be admitted to the hospital.
The army vet had left the country long before the 9/11 event after being discharged due to his traumatic brain injuries.
He said he had no regret working with the U.S. and Afghan governments and was ready to die so long as his family could be rescued.
“This might have not happened if I had chosen to do something else,” the veteran told Fox News. “But I’m not ashamed. I’m proud to be an American staff sergeant. I would do it again and again.”
According to the outlet, the Taliban had required more information about him and his niece, a journalist, and activist who was vocal in her criticism of the group. She and other relatives had collaborated with the Afghan government.
He told Fox News that his niece had been walked out of the building at gunpoint after they forbid her from working in the newsroom. She had since constantly changed her place each day.
In an email, he demanded the U.S. President Joe Biden put more efforts into rescuing citizens like his family, or “step aside and let another make the tough decisions.”
“Do not betray us,” he wrote, noting that he was ready to die so long his family could successfully make it out of the Taliban’s reach.
The U.S. rescue mission would evacuate Americans in Afghanistan or those working with the U.S. Army and the Afghan government, who were the most vulnerable target of reprisals.
The Biden administration was confident that the rescue mission would be able to deliver everyone out of the country in time. But other officials such as England’s Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said some would be left behind.
Regarding the Thursday duel bombings outside of the airport that the ISIS-K claimed responsibility for, the army vet said the Taliban must also be held accountable.
The Thursday attack had killed at least 13 U.S. service members and more than 100 Afghans, including children, with many others injured.
Other opinions pointed the blame towards the thousands of terrorist prisoners being released by the Taliban when they took over the country.