Survivors of insider attacks who spoke to AFP, including Matiullah, suggest the Taliban are exploiting the institutionalisation of bacha bazi in police ranks for military gain.Practically all of Uruzgan's 370 local and national police checkpoints have bachas - some up to four - who are illegally recruited not just for sexual companionship but also to bear arms, multiple officials said.
Boyle was held in jail after his New Year’s Day court hearing.
When Boyle and his family were released after five years of captivity, American intelligence publicly said they long suspected Boyle entered Afghanistan with the desire to hook up with “Taliban-affiliated militants.”Despite the length of their captivity, no ransom was ever demanded by their kidnappers.
Some policemen, they said, demand bachas like a perk of the job, refusing to join outposts where they are not available.
Horrifying abuse at checkpoints makes the boys, many unpaid and unregistered, hungry for revenge and easy prey for Taliban recruitment - often because there is no other escape from exploitative commanders.
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Incidentally, not our first meeting with @Justin Trudeau, that was in ’06 in Toronto over other common interests, haha,” Boyle said in a Dec.
The killings illustrate how bacha bazi is aggravating insecurity in Uruzgan, a remote province which officials warn is teetering on the brink of collapse, unravelling hard-won gains by US, Australian and Dutch troops who fought there for years."These bacha attacks have fuelled deep mistrust within police ranks," Seddiqullah, a police commander at a checkpoint near the provincial capital Tarin Kot, told AFP.
The insurgents are using boys as honey traps, said 21-year-old Matiullah, a policeman who was the only survivor from an insider attack in Dehrawud district in spring last year.
The Canadian government, meanwhile, applauded Boyle’s new-found freedom in a release from Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland on Oct.
12, 2017.“We are greatly relieved that after being held hostage for five years, Joshua Boyle and his wife Caitlan Coleman, as well as their young children, have been released and are safe,” Freeland said in the release.“Canada has been actively engaged with the governments of the United States, Afghanistan and Pakistan and we thank them for their efforts, which have resulted in the release of Joshua, Caitlan and their children,” it said.“Joshua, Caitlan, their children and the Boyle and Coleman families have endured a horrible ordeal over the past five years.
In another interview, Boyle said his earlier relationship with Zaynab Khadr taught him not to judge a book by its cover.“Are there any of us honestly able to say that we’ve never uttered any phrases which, if they ran beside our name in the paper every month for five years, would paint an unflattering mental image in the public’s perception?