A The Afghan interpreter who has assisted the US military for the past decade told Fox News the Taliban l ' fought at his home Thursday night over suspected ties to the US government, as he and his family face a one-year delay in approving their special immigrant visa applications.
The interpreter, who requested that his identity be kept anonymous for his safety and that of his family, told Fox News in an interview Thursday night by telephone that the Taliban were came to his home and "tortured him " in front of his wife and three young children.
"The Taliban came to our house and beat and tortured me and me. 'asked why we left home last week when the Taliban controlled our home "he saidat Fox News. "We escaped and we were hiding from the Taliban because I was afraid they would know my identity and my job because I was working for the US government.
During the US mission in August to evacuate thousands of American citizens and Afghan allies after the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, the interpreter and his family traveled to the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul to attempt to escape evacuate, but were unable to pass through the crowds, tear gas and Taliban checkpoints.
An Afghan interpreter was injured by a beaten Taliban.
The performer told Fox News that his wife and two daughters returned home and encouraged him and his young son to keep trying for fear that his stay in the country would result in being killed by the Taliban due to his work with the US military.
The interpreter told Fox News he got very close to the door, but couldn't get through.
After the last day of the US mission on August 31, when the last US troops and military assets were withdrawn from Afghanistan, the interpreter and his family left their home to hide from the Taliban. The interpreter told Fox News that when they returned home this week, their neighbors warned them that the Taliban had attempted to search their home.
The hits left marks on the interpreter 's back and legs.
"After a week we had to go home and pick something up, and the Taliban came back and asked why we didn ' t 'weren't home, "the interpreter told Fox News. " I tried to hide my documents because if they find that, they will know and they will kill me. They are going to torture me. "
" They were beating me and trying to find out what my job was, and I told them I wasn 'tbut just a civilian, just a civilian, "he added. " I told them I was not in the government or in the US coalition forces. "
The interpreter said that the Taliban shouted at him, asking him, "Why are you shaving your beard? " and asked why he "was not wearing clothes like those of the Taliban.
The interpreter went on to describe how the Taliban beat him, saying they "gave me a lot of pain, " using "something in their hand "and " put the gun to my head. "
" They asked me, "Are you a spy for the US Army? Are you a spy for the US government? ' "He recalls. " My children were crying, my wife was crying, they tortured and beat me in front of them and tried to take me to their post . "
The interpreter said that the Taliban asked if he was an American spy.
The interpreter told Fox News that because of screaming from his family, the Taliban "took pity" on him and did not take him to their post, but said they would return to search his house and warned that he was 'he wasn ' t present, they "would find me and they will shoot me.
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" My hands and my body is shakingnt "he told Fox News. " The most important thing is my family and my life. "
The performer's wife told Fox News that "she was " very afraid for the Taliban that they would kill my children and my husband. "She continued: " If they kill my husband, how can I manage my life? "
His wife added: "My husband was working with Americans and helping them, and at the moment they 're not helping us.
The interpreter, who worked with the US Navy, US Marines and US Army, as well as US military contractors from 2011 to late 2014, told Fox News despite the application process, "I don't know what that happened, something was wrong with me. ”He detailed the steps he took, and the requests he made, to get approval, from from 2013, and shared documents with Fox News.
The interpreter said he was "disappointed " because friends called him to ask himr why the United States "did not help you.
"They left you behind " he reminded his friends. "It makes me very disappointed.
The interpreter, who is in his thirties, told Fox News that he remembered the last time the Taliban was in power. twenty years ago.
"The situation changed here very quickly. When I worked with the American forces, I had a very simple life," he said.
The interpreter, lefthe in a blue shirt, works with the Afghan forces.
"Now we have no freedom, we cannot leave the house, they will beat you up and take you to jail, " he said. "If you listen to music, they 'll take you to jail.
His wife added: "Every door we try to go to ask for help, all the doors have been closed for us. So we have no hope. We don't know where to ask for help, so please help us. "
Fox News has learned about the First time interpreter incident with the Taliban through a US military veteran who worked alongside the Afghan interpreter during his stay in the country.
"We were always told that if our interpreters, if they did a good job and were loyal, we would be able to write them letters of recommendation to get a SIV and come to live in the States -United "the veteran told Fox News.
The veteran has shared other documents regarding the performer's request with Fox News, which have been reviewed for authenticity. The interpreter's request was rejected, according to the documentation, due to a "termination " of his role.
"He was never fired " said the veteran. "They deleted our program. He wasn 't fired, we just finished the job.
He added: "He submitted six different copies of the request and has six different veterans giving him letters of recommendation. "
"He's afraid for his life right now, and he doesn't know what to do The veteran said, explaining t He has been in contact with the State Department and Congressional offices to try to help. "I succeeded, but it 's like a circle.
He added: "We promised these guys something.