Vampires in Afghanistan? US Soldiers Say It’s True

Some soldiers say the dangers for soldiers at night include otherworldly problems, namely vampires


by Tim King for Salem News and Veterans Today

“They come out at night, sometimes people come up missing, especially kids. They even pull their animals inside when the vampires are out.” – Soldier at Bagram, Afghanistan

During my two months on assignment in the Afghanistan combat theater last winter, I covered all kinds of military operations for and Oregon’s KPTV FOX-12. While I was there I spent time on forward combat bases, I went on infantry foot patrols, flew in helicopters, and witnessed levels of disparity that were hard to imagine.

But the only time I thought I was going to vomit in that faraway land was when a very strange American soldier found it necessary to tell me about the Afghan vampires. Call it a coincidence, maybe it was the coffee, I will never know for sure, but twenty minutes with this guy sent me running for the men’s room.

I’ve been asked to write more about the haunted side of Afghanistan, so I figured the vampire story would have to be told. I can’t say I had ever heard of an Afghan vampire, though you can sort of imagine it in that ancient place. Now I learn that Director John Moore’s new movie Virulents is about lost soldiers in Afghanistan who stumble upon a nest of vampire zombies. It is a strange coincidence at best, but the notion of Afghan vamps is certainly nothing new…

The day I met this soldier I was at the Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, waiting for a series of flights which would lead me to Kyrgyzstan, then Turkey, then Germany and then back to the states.

I don’t know why this soldier decided to approach my friend and I, there were plenty of soldiers around, but he walked up and almost instantly asked if we knew about the vampire problems people in the local area experienced. My friend Rick was a major who had spent most of his time at Camp Phoenix at Kabul, I on the other hand had moved around the country to several places, but I’d only spent part of a day at Bagram. Neither of us had heard anything about Afghan vampires.

This soldier said it was common lore in the area, and that the vampires struck horror in the hearts of the people around certain parts of Afghanistan more than the Taliban. “They are really terrified of them,” he said. “It scares people half to death if they just think one is around,” he said.

“They come out at night, sometimes people come up missing, especially kids. They even pull their animals inside when the vampires are out.”

My friend and I both wished that this guy and his bizarre stories would get lost, but he stayed right there telling us more about the local fears associated with the vampires of Afghanistan.

“It’s been going on for hundreds of years here, people in other parts of the world don’t even know about it; but anyone who has lived around here does.”

There is no doubt that the people of Afghanistan are superstitious. Death is such a common occurrence here, and graves are no less than prevalent in places, you just see signs of it everywhere. The soldier said even our military forces have to be aware of this strange phenomena in certain parts of the country.

“Guys are scared, you’re damned right. They know there isn’t a thing anyone can do about it if one of them decides to come after you, you just stick with other people and hope for the best sometimes.”

Another soldier made this statement, “Afghan vampire lives in the deep desert (makes sense dessication and all), looks like a normal person but is quite a bit taller, (not bigger, just taller), and most of them are women.”

I would like to hear from anyone who has anything to add on this, you can post your thoughts in the comment section. Perhaps other soldiers who have spent time in Afghanistan have their own theories.

It is hard to argue with folklore, most people in third world countries adhere to it very strongly. I didn’t hear it from Afghan people, and the guy who did tell me about it caused me to almost lose my lunch, I didn’t thank goodness.

The Afghan Vampire Movie Virulents

John Moore is planning to release Virulents next year, his most recent film was the remake of The Omen in 2006. He is also known for his remake of the Flight of the Phoenix in 2004 and Behind Enemy Lines in 2001.

Virulents is a tale of a group of American and Indian soldiers who cross paths in Afghanistan. Critics call it the best idea of all time and the stupidest idea of all time, in the same sentence.

A comic book is apparently going to be published by New Regency that 20th Century Fox will distribute. The script will be penned by John Cox.

Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with almost twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist and reporter. Today, in addition to his role as a war correspondent in Afghanistan where he spent the winter of 2006/07, this Los Angeles native serves as’s Executive News Editor. is the nation’s only truly independent high traffic news Website, affiliated only with Google News. You can send Tim an email at this address: [email protected]

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  1. There are similar stories in the southwest of the U.S. of something underground that has been there for a very long time. Think of phil schnieder’s stories or anthony sanchez’s book ufo highway. In the book a colonel tells about the militaries initial task of finding a suitable location for a nuclear test site. While surveying the area they located a deep base, led in by caves. As the group progressed inward they noticed old relics and bones that belonged to the local indigenous tribe of that area. A firefight ensued with what could only be described as strange creatures. They stumbled into something very old and very hostile. Our global society has a collective state of amnesia that only catches slivers of truth that seem to boil over. The real truth can be found in the oral history of global indigenous elders that have survived, yet continually get laughed at by our “modern experts”.

  2. I don’t know .. how to explain this.. but I believe this story! Mainly because Afghanistan is an ancient country and is not protected (by the name of Jesus), so evil spirits are rampant. I grew up in Iran, am a Christian … Even in Iran, there was a small town whose inhabitants were devil worshipers… my dad’s truck broke down near that town (during my school holidays with my dad), we left the truck just before sundown and came back by bus .. trust me ancient cultures are full of surprises, some of them not so good.

  3. The Afghan population worried 1000 times more from a surprise US drone attack from the sky than a stupid fucking vampire.
    The US population certainly not worried about Afghan families being killed by drone strikes, why should they care? …but vampires in Afghanistan attacking US soldiers, now that is something to be worried about eh
    The CIA controlled movie industry glorifying wars of course does not make movies about the real death and the real mutilations from US missles and bombs protecting the heroin industry from the Taliban, and instead make up stories about zombies and vampires in Afghanistan – perhaps starring the Kardashian sisters as the vampires?

  4. It wasn’t the coffee. It was that Afghan heroin which is very strong. One puff and you’re gone seeing vampires and shit.

  5. Fear can manifest various things , particularly if it has communal backing. Our soldiers are not benefitting from anything to do with Afghanistan.
    War is a manifestation of fear.

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