Afghan Soldiers Who Went AWOL To Canada Seeking Asylum Are Total Islamophobes

These soldiers fear that if they return to Afghanistan the government might fall and/or
the Taliban will cut their heads off. That's just crazy.

They watched a YouTube video to find the best way to cross the border into Canada. They made their getaway during a group outing to Walmart. And they spent more than $1,600 on taxis to travel from Cape Cod to a border checkpoint in Niagara Falls — just steps away, they hoped, from asylum and a new life.

The three Afghan soldiers who fled a training exercise on Camp Edwards last month never made it past the famed Rainbow Bridge to Canada. Instead, they are fighting deportation from a US immigration jail in this town surrounded by cornfields and cabbage patches — and on Tuesday, explained for the first time why they disappeared.

To send them back to the Afghan army, they say, would be to give them a death sentence. Family members of two soldiers have reported recent death threats. The men fear that if they return, they could be the victim of a Taliban assassin’s bullet.

“They catch us, they kill us,” Major Jan Arash, a slight 48-year-old man with thinning hair, said of the Taliban. “They tip those who kill us.”

The soldiers said the Taliban are targeting them for fighting alongside the Americans, and they are constantly dodging sniper fire for $400 to $500 a month in pay and little protection.

They sought asylum in Canada because they figured it was more likely to grant them protection than the United States.

“For me is not important, Canada or America,” he said. “I need just asylum.”

Well that certainly is between a rock and a hard place. If Obama lets them stay, he is admitting the Taliban is still dangerous. If he sends them home, he sends men who have served with us, for us he quite possibly is sending them to their death.

I for one would grant them Asylum, because being kind of a phobe myself, I think their fears that Taliban might chop off their heads is justified.

Posted by: Howie at 08:05 AM


1 Asylum is granted to those who can show a credible fear of persecution on the basis of (a) race; (b) religion; (c) membership in a social group; (d) political belief; and/or (e) nationality and that the government is either (a) involved in the persecution or (b) unwilling or unable to do anything to prevent persecution by the private actors.

I think the soldiers can show they have a credible fear of persecution and I believe they can show that the Afghan government is unable to stop the Taliban from persecuting them and their family. However, their asylum claim will be based on membership in a social group--probably the Afghan military--and social group is often the hardest classification to prove up an asylum claim. I am not sure that a soldier fearing the enemy will commit a war crime against him is even "persecution" as that term is meant for asylum purposes.

Posted by: Captain Harlock at October 01, 2014 10:35 AM

2 Oh, I agree they will be sent back. But its pretty arbitrary. I mean how would it look if we let them stay. Failure.

Although I'm less inclined to thing they are false flag Taliban than some other bloggers are reporting.

Sometimes things really are as they seem.

Its interesting that they fled before the new Afghan US security agreement.

Although if I were them I'd be concerned that piece of paper is just a piece of paper.

It already admits we won't move against the Taliban, only AQ.

Posted by: Howie at October 01, 2014 11:36 AM

3 "...They sought asylum in Canada because they figured it was more likely to grant them protection than the United States..."

They should have told the US they were with the Muslim Brotherhood. Then they would have gotten not only asylum, but also appointed to a high government job in the Obama Administration.

Captain Harlock - the US routinely denies asylum to victims of Islamists. Christian Copts, Sudanese former slaves, and gays fleeing Islamic persecution and execution.

Posted by: DMartyr at October 01, 2014 02:33 PM

4 DMartyr, can you give a few examples of the United States denying asylum to the classes of people you describe above? BTW, I do not think asylum is appropriate for the Afghan soldiers. If fear of the Taliban is a basis for asylum, then the entire Afghan army is eligible.

Posted by: Captain Harlock at October 01, 2014 03:57 PM

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