Iran Mourns 7 Afghans Killed Fighting for Damascus Ally

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Iran was to hold a memorial service on Tuesday for seven Afghans killed fighting alongside the forces of its close ally Syrian President Bashar Assad, Iranian media reported.

Among the dead was the commander of Afghan volunteer unit the Fatemiyoun Brigade, the government daily Iran reported.

Alireza Tavassoli was killed in Daraa province, south of Damascus, on February 28 during heavy fighting with Syria's Al-Qaida branch Al-Nusra Front, the website reported.

It said all seven of the dead being commemorated in Iran's second city Mashhad were Afghan volunteers.

The Wall Street Journal reported last May that Iran was recruiting Afghan refugees to fight in Syria, in exchange for $500 a month and residency permits.

Iran's foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham at the time dismissed the report as an "insult to the people of Afghanistan."

Iranian media have reported many Iranian deaths in the conflicts in Iraq and Syria.

But the authorities insist nearly all were volunteers who had gone to help guard the Shiite holy places in the two countries against Sunni extremists from the Islamic State group and Al-Qaida.

The government acknowledges that it has a small number of military advisers in both Iraq and Syria but denies having any combat troops on the ground.

Revolutionary Guards General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi was killed along with six fighters of Lebanon's Hizbullah in an Israeli air strike in Syria on January 18.

Brigadier General Hamid Taghavi was killed in the Iraqi shrine city of Samarra in December while advising Iraqi troops on the war against IS.

Comments 6
Thumb Mystic 03 March 2015, 15:40

Shaheeds following the example of the battle in Karbala. May Gods mercy be upon them all.

Default-user-icon jaaar ibn iblees (Guest) 03 March 2015, 16:14

Is that a martyred (shaheed) jihadi afghani family in your avatar?

Missing 03 March 2015, 17:39

You sectarian nut. Are you comparing mercenaries fighting to support a monster with those who fell defending the grand son of the prophet?

Thumb _mowaten_ 03 March 2015, 18:40

Hazara people (Shia Afghans) have been persecuted for centuries by extremists very similar to the takfiris we see today in Syria.

They were called infidels, slaughtered by the thousands and expelled from their homeland. It started long before the rise of the Taliban and half of the Hazara population is now refugees in countries surrounding Afghanistan.

Do you think after all this they need someone to "recruit" them when they see the same thing happening again in Syria? They are at the top of the list of those who have a good reason to volunteer in Syria, they've experienced first-hand the hate and senseless violence of takfiris...

Thumb _mowaten_ 03 March 2015, 18:41

Educate yourself rafehh:

Default-user-icon mosa (Guest) 03 March 2015, 16:12

the bastids got what they deserved