In an exclusive interview with Fox News, a young Afghan teen has described in horrific detail how he was recruited to be a Taliban fighter just 10 months ago.
Getting lulled into terror is a decision he now regrets.
Haibatullah was just 17 years old when a friend talked him into leaving his home and family in Afghanistan and traveling 300 miles away, to Quetta, a city on the Pakistan border well known for being a Taliban hotbed.
The young boy belonged to a poor, hard-working family who had used what money they had to send him to a private school, up until ninth grade. Haibatullah had then helped his father to sell vegetables at the local market.
After he arrived in Quetta, he called back home and told his family where he was, saying he had gone to further his religious studies. He recalled that his father cried with disappointment that he had abandoned them.
Now, ten months later, he is confined to prison, after particapting in a terrorist attack, where he was the only survivor among the attackers. He agreed to speak to a Fox News reporter to tell his story and explain how he descended into the dark world of the Taliban.
Haibatullah told how his friend convinced him that Americans and foreigners were the enemy, telling him, “We must fight the foreigners.”
For the first two months at the Quetta camp, he was subjected to an indoctrination of hate, trained to use guns and weapons, and forced to recite passages from the Quran that teach it is “mandatory to use jihad against foreigners” and to “fight the infidels.”
Haibatullah was told by a “mullah” that he should prepare to be a suicide bomber, but he refuse, saying he was not ready for that. He was ordered to submit to sexual acts with the mullah, be he refused again, until one day, he was brutally raped.
The mullah told Haibatullah that the rape had been filmed, and if he didn’t follow orders to be a suicide bomber, the tape would be revealed. He was raped twice more, and the mullah called his parents and told them he was with the Taliban, in order to bring shame and rejection upon him.
In November, he was given orders to join a group of fighters to target the German Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif, and told to kill all the foreigners. The attack on November 11 killed 20 civilians, wounded 120 others, and left Haibatullah as the only survivor among the assailants.
He now waits in prison, admitting he is 100 percent regretful for what he has done, and could be sentenced to either 20 years to life in prison or execution.
“The Taliban are puppets of Pakistan. They are coming into Afghanistan to fight a proxy war and they are all bad people. It is because of them, I am here,” Haibatullah told the reporters, according to Hollie McKay of Fox News.
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