A former American soldier and native of Afghanistan snuck into the Taliban-controlled country to rescue members of his own family and other vulnerable Afghans from the clutches of the new regime.
Fox News reported this week that the former soldier traveled to Pakistan about a month and then illegally crossed the border into Afghanistan.
“I’m a proud American soldier,” he told the outlet. “I’ve taken an oath, and I’ll never forget that oath.”
The soldier moved to the U.S. as a teenager just days before 9/11, and later joined the Army, where he was sent back to his home country to fight. However, this put his family at risk of anti-American militants and now that the Taliban, which was toppled by the U.S. in 2001, is in control yet again, their circumstances have gotten far more dire.
His family had been hiding nearby Kabul after the American-backed regime fell in late August, fearing they would be targeted for their connection to the U.S. military as well as previous work against the terror regime.
He was able to smuggle his family back across the border into Pakistan, as well as other at-risk Afghan Christians who face extreme risks of persecution under the new government.
This included a family of 10 Christians and a couple that had recently converted to Catholicism and feared for their lives as the word spread.
“Everyone in their neighborhood knew about it, and they started snitching on them,” he explained.
“It feels good getting them out, saving them from the Taliban,” the unidentified former staff sergeant, who was discharged after suffering a brain injury, told Fox News.
If this sounds remarkably dangerous, it most certainly is.
“On my way back from this area, I got caught by the Taliban, and they lashed me on my back,” he explained. “I think it was only seven times, but had they known that I had actually just helped a Catholic family get out, it would have been worse. Far worse.”
Meanwhile, some of his family members were targeted by the Taliban, who raided their safe house. He is now trying to get them out of the country, but taking them to Pakistan has gotten too risky.
“I had no choice but to come here myself after I learned that there was an ambush on my family’s house once more,” he explained. “I still haven’t heard anything from our government as far as any sort of assistance.”
Fox News did not disclose the identity of the solider, his family members, or their planned method of escape for their protection.
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