Afghanistan

'They're Not Going To Let Us Live': Stark Words As Veterans Help Most Wanted Afghans Escape

Veterans group 'Support Our Afghans' wants to raise £100,000 to aid evacuation and see the Taliban's most wanted thrive in the UK.

British veterans who served in Afghanistan are helping their former military partners from the war-torn country escape Taliban rule.

The 'Support Our Afghans' group, made up of former soldiers who served in the country, is providing welfare packages to former personnel and those who fought right up to the final surrender of Kabul but failed to make a flight out.

On arrival in the UK, the Afghan soldiers, vetersans and their families will be supported by a number of initiatives selected by the organisation to build on current Government aid.

National troops who fought alongside the coalition before the Taliban takeover are now priority targets of the ruling group.

Despite the amnesty declared by the Taliban for its opponents, accounts from those in danger suggest torture and death is a real threat.

"First they [the Taliban] kidnapped them, they took them somewhere, and after breaking the hands and feet, they shot them in the chest and head," said former Afghan military commander Dalla, who has successfully brought his family to the UK.

"They might be doing worse than that to me."

Having fought alongside British troops on some of the most dangerous missions during the Afghanistan campaign, Dalla escaped three Taliban visits to his family home since the group came to power in August.

Watch: "First thing you heard was gunshots," say UK soldiers about the Kabul evacuation.

UK veterans who have remained in contact with Dalla and other Afghan fighters realised their network could benefit those with targets on their backs.

Mike Pratt from Support Our Afghans said "contacts with existing members of the military" and links with both general and media security companies could help get individuals out of Afghanistan.

Mr Pratt references a "brotherhood and kinship" between UK and Afghan forces, built on respect.

"Even going out and doing six months of that kind of soldiering was pretty intense stuff," he said.

"We realised, for these guys who've been doing it for years non-stop, just what that takes."

The organisation is looking to double the near £50,000 already raised, to support former and serving Afghan troops once they arrive in the UK.

Dalla is one of those to have received post-evacuation support from Mr Pratt and the other fundraisers.

Support Our Afghans' website outlines the mission to help soldiers and their families become "influential" in their new communities, "just as they were in Afghanistan".

They hope the group will become a recognised charity soon.

As the Taliban continue to hunt those like him remaining in the country, Dalla stressed the importance of escape.

"We were the people who had been back many years, fighting against them," he said.

"They are not going to let us live."