Afghan Sniper Who Worked with UK Special Forces Executed by Taliban
Terrorist group hunting down 'list' of Afghans who wanted to flee but left behind
A British military-trained Afghan sniper, who worked with the UK Special Forces, has been hunted down and executed in front of his family by the Taliban, accoridng to reports.
Noor was traced to his sister’s home on the edge of the Afghan capital Kabul.
Two Taliban gunmen reportedly shot him three times in the chest and again as he lay on the ground.
He had been a member of a British-trained Afghan unit known as CF333 and had hoped to flee Afghanistan but was left behind during the chaotic withdrawal.
Several members of the CF333 unit had been rescued in the airlift from Kabul airport that followed the Taliban takeover.
The brutal murder has prompted shock and anger from members of the British military.
Former Colonel Ash Alexander-Cooper, OBE, a commander of specialist operations with the SAS, who served with Noor on the same operations and served eight tours in Afghanistan, said the 28-year-old man was the father of five and had been hiding in the capital city but was found and killed Monday.
The murdered Afghan was part of a British-trained "elite unit" who had fought on the front line.
The colonel told Times of London that authorities should have seen this coming.
"It was entirely predictable this would happen for all of those left behind who were given no guidance," he said.
"He's been in hiding because of the threat he faced but they found him and he was shot multiple times, executed in front of his family."
Alexander-Cooper posted a censored photo of "N" to Twitter on Monday, with a warning that the world could expect more of this kind of horror from the Taliban.
"For those leaders still unsure, this is not a game," he wrote.
"'N' was a executed by the Taliban in cold blood just a few hours ago.
"His crime? Years of loyal & professional service, mentored by British units.
"There is no 'amnesty'. Abandoned by us, this murder will not be the last."
For those leaders still unsure, this is not a game. ‘N’ was a executed by the Taliban in cold blood just a few hours ago. His crime? Years of loyal & professional service, mentored by British units. There is no ‘amnesty’. Abandoned by us, this murder will not be the last. 1/ pic.twitter.com/tP4uxWtY6x— Ash Alexander-Cooper OBE (@ashalexcooper) September 13, 2021
"Murdered in front of his family, he is survived by his wife & 5 children under the age of 9, the youngest of which was only 10 days old," the colonel wrote in a subsequent tweet.
"This is the reality of the 'new Taliban'.
"Talk of inclusivity, diversity & amnesty is a joke & some are falling for it. Wake up."
Another source, former Afghan interpreter Rafi Hottak who now lives in the UK, told the Times that Noor was on a list Hottak had compiled of 700 Afghans who wanted to go to England but had ultimately been left behind.
He confirmed to the Times that "N" was indeed a sniper and a member of the UK-trained elite unit of Afghans known as CF333.
According to Hottak, he had been "asking the UK government for years and especially in recent months to evacuate all those who served alongside the British forces as they were their eyes and ears."
Since the pullout ended, the British government has been telling Afghans eligible for resettlement in the UK to make their way to third countries, but for many, the journey is too dangerous, the Times said.
The Ministry of Defense said the nation's forces were able to get 15,000 people out of Kabul during the pullout and that the "commitment to Afghanistan and those who supported our mission there endures."