(TELEGRAPH) — A German who volunteered to fight for the Taliban quit after becoming disheartened by the violence and annoyed with the group’s macho and drug-taking world.

The former fighter also complained of the unhygienic conditions in the war-torn lands of Pakistan’s Waziristan province and Afghanistan that left him infected with hepatitis, and which were, in his opinion, “incompatible with the teachings of the Koran”.

The unflattering portrayal of life in the Taliban came in a statement made by Thomas U. during his trial in Berlin for involvement in a foreign terrorist group.

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