Taliban Assassinates 11-Year-Old ‘Hero’ Wasil Ahmad

Taliban Assassinates 11-Year-Old ‘Hero’ Wasil Ahmad
Afghan National Army soldiers, partnered with U.S. Special Operations Forces, uncovered multiple weapons caches in eastern Zabul province July 31. The largest of the three caches was found in the Naw Bahar district mosque. The items in this photo are a small part of the overall cache found and destroyed. (U.S. Navy courtesy photo) ResoluteSupportMedia via Compfight cc

He was a young boy who did not think twice about fighting against the Taliban in order to defend his country. Now, 11-year-old Wasil Ahmad lies dead after the extremist group gunned him down in cold blood.


The Taliban claimed responsibility in killing Wasil on their website on Monday. According to the spokesman for the governor of Uruzgan province, the young boy was at a market in Tarin Kowt on Monday when gunmen on motorbikes came and shot him in the head. Wasil was on his way to school.

Following the shooting, he was rushed to a local hospital and was transferred to a better-equipped hospital in Kandahar. But eventually, the 11-year old succumbed to his injuries.

Prior to his death, Wasil was a boy gradually transitioning to civilian life. Before he had enrolled in school, the Afghan was fighting in the frontlines, even leading security forces to battle against the Taliban. Samad, Wasil’s uncle, told CNN that the boy has already made a name for himself in the battlefield, even at a very young age.

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After he lost his father to the fight against the Taliban, he had asked his uncle about how to use machine guns. In addition, Samal also trained Wasil to use various weapons, including the AK-47 rifle as well as PK machine guns, rockets and mortars. The boy was also knowledgeable in using satellite phones and VHF radios.

Wasil started taking command of security forces after Samad and a number of his men were injured during a Taliban siege. He took command of Samad’s men for a total of 43 days until the siege broke. Wasil was among a group of 75 men who fought off hundreds of Taliban fighters.

Wasil entered school in the hopes of being able to join the police when graduated. Now, all that’s left is a grim legacy of a young boy who grew up fast and died too soon. Wasil leaves behind a mother along with two younger sisters and three younger brothers.

Meanwhile, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission calls Wasil’s situation a real tragedy. Commission spokesman Rafiullah Baidar told the Associated Press, “One side made him famous and the other side killed him. Both sides ignored the law and acted illegally.” The Guardian reports that President Ashraf Ghani has issued strict orders against using children in the military.