The Afghan militant group Taliban rapes young male recruits and forces them to commit terror acts by threatening to release the video of the incident if they do not obey, according to a fighter who has been detained by authorities.
In an exclusive interview with Fox News, 18-year-old Taliban fighter Haibatullah recalled how a friend had convinced him to travel to Quetta and join the militant group when he was still 17. The young man, who has been detained at the National Directorate of Security facility in connection with an attack on the German Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif, said he was trained to use weapons and taught that they were required to wage jihad against foreigners and "infidels."
In the middle of the interview, Haibatullah suddenly announced that he wanted to say something, but spent a bit more time weeping silently into his hands. Then he revealed that he had refused several times to obey a mullah's order to become a suicide bomber and to engage in sexual acts with that person.
One day, Haibatullah said the mullah asked for him, and he woke up later on confused and in extreme pain. He also saw blood streaming down his legs.
"After that, he told me that he filmed the rape and if I didn't follow his orders and bomb myself, he would reveal the tape," Haibatullah told Fox.
The incident happened two more times, and the mullah had informed his parents that he had joined the Taliban. Haibatullah thinks other young men like him were also drugged and raped, but no one spoke about it.
An NDS official said the Taliban has been drugging, raping, and blackmailing its recruits to force them to submit to their orders. Another official said they have observed a rise in the number of detainees who have been given human growth hormone via an intravenous line.
Meanwhile, reports have surfaced about Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's order to execute 11 Taliban fighters on death row as retaliation for the truck bombing in Kabul on May 31. The militant group, in turn, threatened to take revenge if the government pushes through with the execution, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty reported.
In a statement on its website, the Taliban threatened to kill its foreign hostages if Afghanistan executed the 11 prisoners on death row. Among the foreigners being held by the terror group are professors Kevin King and Timothy Weeks, and Canadian backpacker Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman, and their two sons who were born in captivity.