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Sent by Iran, over 2,000 Afghans killed fighting in Syria

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Sent by Iran, over 2,000 Afghans killed fighting in Syria

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Jan 07, 2018 - 12:09

KABUL (Pajhwok): Sent by Iran to support the beleaguered government of President Bashar al-Assad, over 2,000 Afghans have been killed fighting in Syria, a media report said on Sunday.

Zohair Mojahed, a cultural official of the Fatemiyoun Brigade of Afghan recruits, told an Iranian media outlet the men had been fighting in Syria for five years.

According to AFP, Mojahed told the Shargh newspaper: "This brigade has given more than 2,000 martyrs and 8,000 wounded for Islam."

Comprised of recruits from Afghanistan, the Fatemiyoun is said to be the biggest military unit deployed by Iran in Iraq and Syria.

Around 3,000 Afghans died fighting Iraq in the 1980s, according to the brigade official.

Despite Iran’s denials, Tehran is frequently accused of trying to prop up the Assad regime in different ways, including the recruitment of Afghan men and children to fight in Syria.

PAN Monitor/mud

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