In hiding, an Afghan commander urges the United Kingdom not to turn its back on them, claiming that the Taliban will kill them if they do.
Shirshah Tatar’s life was full of promise just two months ago. The Afghan Air Force captain, who had been married for less than a year, was leading US and UK-backed bombing sorties against Taliban insurgents and had a bright future ahead of him.
Now that the rebels have taken over, the battle-hardened 30-year-old is hiding in Kabul with his wife and newborn infant daughter, his every waking second spent anticipating a knock on the door that will mean certain death. A future he once believed in has been replaced by a terror of Taliban murder squads publicly targeting everyone who took part in the war against them, after he was abandoned by the coalition forces that trained him and by his own government.
Last week, the Taliban shot and killed an Afghan sniper who cooperated with UK Special Forces in front of his family in their Kabul business. When his family’s tickets on an evacuation plane were granted to UK passport holders, the 29-year-old was compelled to give them up.
Shirshah’s world has shrunk to a three-room flat with a filthy window as his main source of light.
A modest balcony provides fresh air, which he only dares to use at night.
Following her birth on Thursday, baby Hawaran’s first home is this dark and filthy environment, where even the solace of an old fan is tempered by daily power outages.
“We are terrified,” Shirshah remarked. Every day, Taliban commanders send out fresh messages about how they are hunting down people like me. They claim they will assassinate us. “Yet the rest of the world is turning its back.” Shirshah was born into an affluent land-owning family in Takhar, unlike many of his colleagues. His grandfather was a lawyer who served as an MP in Afghanistan’s lower chamber, while his father was a general. Shirshah entered the elite National Military Academy in 2011 after graduating with honors from a private military school.
He was soon fighting the Taliban in Kunduz Province, which was a primary target.
He was assigned to the 111th Capital Division, which was tasked with defending Kabul.
He was transferred to the Afghan Air Force in 2019 and trained in the United Kingdom.
“I was chosen by the Air Force because I had previous combat experience. He explained, “They stated they needed somebody with my skills.” He quickly discovered that he was now a captain. “Brinkwire News Summary.”