Military translator, 30, who helped US soldiers in Afghanistan is beheaded by Taliban, raises new alarm for interpreters left behind as West retreats
- Sohail Pardis allegedly beheaded by extremists in Kabulbul attack
- Mr Pardis, 30, father of a nine-year-old daughter, had worked as an interpreter
- He had applied to be moved to America but was rejected and the case was dismissed
The killing of a former military translator by the Taliban has sparked new alarm among interpreters fearing attack if Western troops withdraw from Afghanistan.
Sohail Pardis is said to have been beheaded by extremists after he was attacked outside Kabul.
His family said he was dragged from his vehicle after being shot while trying to escape a Taliban checkpoint on a road in Khost.
Witnesses said he was beaten, shot and beheaded.
Sohail Pardis is said to have been beheaded by extremists after he left Kabul . was attacked
The 30-year-old Pardis, the father of a nine-year-old daughter, had worked as an interpreter for the United States armed forces for 16 months and had applied for a transfer to America for security reasons.
He was rejected because he was fired.
At least seven ex-coalition translators have been murdered this year, bringing the total since 2014 to more than 350.
Several former interpreters for British forces have reported being attacked by the Taliban in recent months – one had a bomb placed under his car, another was ambushed by six gunmen.
Several former interpreters for British troops have reported being attacked by the Taliban in recent months. Pictured, former Afghan interpreters, who worked with US troops in Afghanistan, hold placards during a demonstration about their security,
Britain has dismissed dozens of cases of translators whose jobs have been terminated, many yet to be decided, amid warnings that an emboldened Taliban seeking revenge will hunt down and kill those left behind.
Reports of Pardis’ brutal death come days after a video surfaced that allegedly shows the execution of 22 Afghan commandos who surrendered to the Taliban.