More than 2,000 Afghan “volunteers” trained by Iran have been killed in Syria as they fought alongside the Syrian regime over the past five years, Iranian media quoted an Afghan official as saying.
They belong to the Fatimids Brigade, which is composed of Afghan Afghan recruits, one of the main forces trained by Iranian officers to fight in Syria.
It is known that Iran supports militarily the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against the opposition factions and jihadists.
“The brigade has provided more than 2,000 martyrs and 8,000 wounded since its intervention in Syria five years ago,” said Hajjah al-Islam Zuhair Mujahid, an Afghan official in the brigade.
In recent years, Iranian state television has reported on the participation of Afghan fighters in the fighting in Syria on several fronts, especially against the organization of the Islamic state.
The Fatimid brigade is comprised of former fighters belonging to the Afghan Shiite minority Hazarah, which fought Taliban fighters, as well as Afghan fighters fighting alongside Iran during the war with Iraq (1980-1988). About 3,000 Afghan fighters were killed during the Iran-Iraq war, Mujahid said.
Iran gives Iranian citizenship to the families of foreign fighters who “fall martyrs” in the conflict in Syria and Iraq. It also officially announces it is sending “Iranian military advisers” to Syria, as well as “volunteer” fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Iranian media regularly report the deaths of “volunteers” or “advisers.”