Afghan Journalist's Tweets Offer Insights Into Iranian Recruitment Of Afghans To Fight In Syria And Iraq

August 18, 2015

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Following are a selection of tweets by senior Afghan journalist Mirwais Afghan, posted between June 1, to July 31, 2015, that offer insight into how Afghan nationals are being used by Iran to fight in Syria.

June 4: "Senior officials in Kabul confirm that Iranian embassy in Kabul is directly involved in sending Hazara Shias to Iran for military training."

June 4: "Not Tehran, This is Kabul, evidence of behind-the-curtain love story of U.S. & Iran. When I [America] leave, you [Iran] are the boss!"

June 7: "Afghan lawmaker claims Afghan airlines takes people (Shi'ites) from Kabul via Iran to Syria, Baghdad & Najaf [to] fight."

June 19: "Mother of a Hazara tells BBC: 'My son went from Kabul to Iran for job seeking but Iran sent him 2 Syria, got killed.'"

June 19: "So far, 100's of Afghan Hazaras who went to Iran for job seeking, have been sent to Syria by Iranian govt. to fight for Assad regime."

June 26: "#Iran: Funeral prayer of 5 Afghan Hazaras & 4 Pakistani Shias killed fighting for Syrian regime."

July 8: "Hazaras protest against Govt in #Bamyan. Traitors live in Afghanistan but worship the sectarian Mullahs of Iran."

July 23: "Iran accused of sending Afghan prisoners to Syrian war. So far, 700 Afghan Hazaras have been killed fighting for Assad."

July 25: "1500 Shia Afghan Hazaras are fighting in #Syria under the banner of #FatimyunBrigade while 700 have been killed so far."



Source:, accessed August 5, 2015. The original English of the tweets has been lightly edited for clarity and standardization.

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