Afghan Taliban Statement Accuses U.S. Marine Of Forcibly Taking Afghan Child To The U.S. After Her Parents Were Killed In Afghanistan

November 1, 2022

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The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the ruling Taliban jihadi organization) has criticized what it called "abduction" of an Afghan child by Joshua Mast, a U.S. Marine Corps attorney, who may have adopted the child after her parents were killed in an American operation a few years ago.[1]

"A Marine Corps Officer Joshua Mast has forcibly taken the only remaining child of a family martyred in their [the U.S.] bombardment in Afghanistan from her relatives in Virginia and has registered her as his own family member," declared the statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan considers this case a worrying and inhumane act that violates human dignity, and will seriously pursue this issue with the American authorities so that said child is returned to her relatives," the statement said.

It added: "It is worth mentioning that hundreds of thousands of Afghans, including dozens of children, who were inappropriately taken out of the country by the U.S. and its allies, are now kept in various camps in a state of legal limbo and deprived of basic human rights."

The Afghan Taliban, whose government is yet to be recognized by the United Nations or any other nation, urged Western countries "to ensure the human and legal rights of Afghan refugees in line with international migration laws and through consular services."

It appears that Joshua Mast, a U.S. Marine, produced the child's Afghan passport upon her arrival in the U.S., showing Mast as her last name. The events occurred during the withdrawal of the U.S. forces from Afghanistan in August 2021, which also saw a large number of fleeing Afghan refugees arriving in the U.S.


[1], accessed October 28, 2022.

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