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Taliban utilizing fingerprints, gun information to trace down Afghans who assisted US, inspector normal finds

A brand new inspector normal report detailing the chaos in Afghanistan following the American troop withdrawal in 2021 says the Taliban is now utilizing fingerprint and gun information to seek out Afghans who labored with the U.S. authorities. 

An ex-Afghan army intelligence officer mentioned within the 148-page report that the Taliban are going after former Afghan National Defense and Security Forces “every day.”

“They search their properties and if they can’t discover the person they are going to go after their relations,” the officer mentioned. “They punish their household till the particular person they’re on the lookout for surrenders. They will arrest somebody at their house and beat all of them the best way to the police station.”

The officer mentioned within the report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction that “The Taliban worry these forces as a result of they suppose these folks could be towards them at some point or have connections to the opposition preventing the Taliban.” 


A Taliban security member stands guard along the Pakistan border in Nangarhar province, on Feb. 23. A new report said the Taliban are using fingerprint and gun records to track down those who helped the U.S.

A Taliban safety member stands guard alongside the Pakistan border in Nangarhar province, on Feb. 23. A brand new report mentioned the Taliban are utilizing fingerprint and gun information to trace down those that helped the U.S. (Shafiullah Kakar/AFP through Getty Images)

“The Taliban are utilizing biometric units to detect and discover former ANDSF,” he added. “They take fingerprints and if there’s a match, they take the person to the police station.” 

“A variety of National Directorate of Security, Afghan National Army, and Afghan National Police officers had been arrested by way of the usage of biometric units,” the previous intelligence officer additionally mentioned. “Some are nonetheless in jail proper now. Their households don’t have any meals or cash. If the Taliban proceed with this [these families] gained’t final, they are going to collapse.”  

The report says there are “various Afghan-owned and operated biometric databases, together with the Afghan Automatic Biometric Identification System and e-tazkira, the nation’s digital nationwide ID card system. 

“SIGAR has acquired experiences of Taliban making an attempt to summon former authorities staff to supply entry to servers belonging to the previous authorities that included biometric information,” it mentioned. “The threat could also be mitigated if the networks the place the biometric information was saved had been wiped, however whether or not they had been stays unclear.” 


Newly recruited personnel joining Taliban security forces demonstrate their skills during their graduation ceremony in Herat on Feb. 9, 2023.

Newly recruited personnel becoming a member of Taliban safety forces reveal their abilities throughout their commencement ceremony in Herat on Feb. 9, 2023. (Mohsen Karimi/AFP through Getty Images)

The officer revealed he has relocated 4 occasions for the reason that collapse of the Afghan authorities and if the Taliban finds out the place he’s, he “might be executed.” 

Gen. Besmullah Taban, the previous director of the felony investigative division of the Afghan National Police, additionally mentioned within the report that he had gotten a message from his mom “that the Taliban despatched folks to my household’s home asking for my gun.” 

“They are on the lookout for all the things now, as a result of there have been programs exhibiting which pistol or no matter belongs to whom,” he mentioned, talking concerning the measures the Taliban are taking to trace down U.S. allies. “They are going by way of and attempting to get that stuff.” 


Taliban forces are seen holding a military parade with equipment captured from the U.S. army in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Nov. 8, 2021.

Taliban forces are seen holding a army parade with tools captured from the U.S. military in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Nov. 8, 2021. (Murteza Khaliqi/Anadolu Agency through Getty Images)

A U.S. Marine infantry officer advised investigators “you’ve acquired guys who actually do deserve to return to the U.S. who aren’t capable of, and so they’ve acquired a goal on their again.

“The Taliban is aware of the place they’re and easy methods to discover them,” the officer mentioned. “It’s like we gave this man a rope and noose round his neck after which kicked the chair out from underneath him.” 

The biometrics being utilized by the Taliban usually are not linked to the biometric database utilized by the U.S. army, Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin experiences, however had been units that had been left with Afghan protection forces that had been deserted when the Afghan military collapsed.

“The Department of Defense is properly conscious of SIGAR’s latest report looking for to find out the components that led to the collapse of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF),” the Pentagon mentioned in an announcement. “Since SIGAR’s inception, DoD has contributed to and facilitated their work- a truth the report echoes in its opening pages. DoD once more contributed to this report and offered responses to SIGAR’s requests for data. While we take exception to SIGAR’s assertions of non-cooperation, and handle them accordingly in our official response in Appendix II, the Department will proceed to facilitate SIGAR’s work shifting ahead for safety and protection associated issues regarding Afghanistan.”

Fox News’ Liz Friden and Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report. 

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