Mohammed Yousuf has endured the cruelty of the Islamic State In Afghanistan. His story sheds light on the rise of ISIS in Afghanistan and the inhuman tactics used by the terror group.
The Taliban look like kittens compared to the foreign jihadists, who are now usurping the Taliban’s monopoly on terror. The prospect of ISIS gaining more power from a powerless, frightened and subdued Afghan public could follow as it did in Iraq and Syria
The Asian Age reports:
Yousuf, an ethnic Tajik engineering student, tells of how he held the head of another hostage in his hands.
The government employee was one of three people decapitated right in front of him. “They told him, ‘You are against God’.”
The man’s name was Abdul Fatah. “I myself buried his head” to give him some semblance of dignity, Yousuf said.
Yousuf’s story sheds fresh light on the extreme cruelty of the Islamic State group.
The group has made significant gains in Afghanistan, largely boosted by former Taliban cadres and foreign jihadists, while last week’s massacre in Paris is testament to both its global reach and the indiscriminate slaughter that Yousuf describes: murder regardless of religion, race or nationality.
Yousuf was kidnapped in the southern province of Ghazni in February, when men carrying Kalashnikovs stopped the bus he was riding from western Herat city, where he was living, to Kabul.
According to him, the kidnappers were from Uzbekistan — a country which has long exported jihadists abroad.
They told the hostages they wanted to exchange them for comrades who were being held by the government.
Along with 30 or so other people, he was taken by car on a journey that lasted “six or seven hours” to the militants’ secluded base, believing every minute that he would be killed.
There, the torture began. “They would kick us, punch us and beat us up with lashes and sticks,” he recounted. “They told us to raise our hands and we had to keep them up for five or six hours.”
The captives were shackled, blindfolded, and half-starved.
“There was little to eat and drink,” Yousuf said. “A cup of tea in the morning and a piece of bread, two trays of plain boiled rice in the evening for 15 people.
“They were telling us if the government does not exchange you we will chop off your head. It is not important whether you are Sunni or Shiite. We want to reach our goal.”
Yousuf had heard of what happened last Friday in Paris, when gunmen opened fire on concert-goers and diners, killing 129 people and sending shockwaves through Europe.
The brutality of the slayings did not surprise him.
For him, IS fighters are “nothing but the enemies of mankind”.
Despite government claims that it was behind the rescue operation which freed him and seven other hostages on November 10, Yousuf says the Taliban were his saviours.
“There was war for three days and three nights,” he said, describing the battle between the Taliban insurgents and the Uzbek fighters claiming to be from Islamic State.
“When the Taliban came and said you are free, still we did not believe it.”
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