A former U.S. soldier said he’s brought at least 30 at-risk people, including Christians, from Afghanistan across the closed Pakistan border and was lashed by the Taliban for his efforts.
The Afghan native went to Pakistan about a month ago and illegally crossed into Afghanistan to rescue his family. Relatives hid around Kabul after the Taliban took over, fearing they would be killed for their familial connection to an Army staff sergeant as well as their own past work against the extremist group.
“They say on the news there is no U.S. soldier in Afghanistan,” the former staff sergeant told Fox News. “But I’m here, and I’ll help as long as it takes.”
“I’m a proud American soldier,” the Afghanistan war veteran, who was discharged after suffering traumatic brain injuries, added. “I’ve taken an oath, and I’ll never forget that oath.”
Fox News granted the veteran and his family anonymity to protect them from the Taliban.
Since returning to Afghanistan, the former soldier said he’s rescued Catholics and other Christians, as well as Hazara minorities, all of whom are Taliban targets.
“It feels good getting them out, saving them from the Taliban,” the former staff sergeant told Fox News.
He said he helped a family of 10 Afghan Christians escape.