Afghans fighting in Syria alongside regime: monitor

BLACKEAGLE

SENIOR MEMBER
Ratings
10 1,971 0
Joined
Dec 5, 2014
Messages
3,627
Country
Jordan
Location
Jordan
#1


Shiite Muslim militiamen from Afghanistan have been fighting in Syria for months alongside President Bashar al-Assad’s troops, a monitoring group said Wednesday.

Afghanistan is home to a Sunni Muslim majority but nearly one-fifth of the population is Shiite, mainly Farsi-speakers and from the Hazara ethnic group.

“Shiite Afghan militiamen have been fighting for several months alongside Bashar al-Assad’s army, especially around Shiite religious sites in Sayyida Zeinab” near Damascus, said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.

“They later started fighting alongside loyalist troops all over Syria, especially in the northern province of Aleppo,” he told AFP.

Shiites around the world revere the shrine, with many volunteering to defend it from any attacks in the war between Assad loyalists and mainly Sunni rebels.

The Observatory did not specify how many Afghans were fighting in Syria.

In the northern city of Aleppo, meanwhile, 16 regime loyalists, including Afghans, were killed in a clash Tuesday night in the Malah area, said the Britain-based group.

The army has been making advances in the area, and aims to cut off a supply route used by rebels who hold more than half of Aleppo, once the country’s commercial capital.

Foreign fighters have streamed into Syria to support both sides in the conflict that broke out in March 2011 when Assad’s forces unleashed a bloody crackdown on democracy protests.

The regime has been backed by thousands of members of the powerful Lebanese Hezbollah group, as well as Iranian, Iraqi and Palestinian militiamen.

“The Afghan fighters are clearly driven by sectarianism,” said Abdel Rahman.

Syria’s regime has been dominated for 40 years by the Alawite community, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.

Sunnis make up the vast majority of Syria’s population, as well as the rebels fighting to oust Assad.

Elsewhere in Syria, the number of civilians killed in a regime air strike against the Waer district of Homs on Tuesday has risen to 32, the Observatory said, adding that 11 were from one family.

Among the victims was a member of a delegation that had been in talks for a ceasefire with the government, as well as his wife and nine other members of their family.

Waer is the last rebel-held area of Homs, which was once known as the “capital of the revolution” against Assa.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/New...ghting-in-Syria-alongside-regime-monitor.html
 

Scorpion

THINK TANK
Ratings
25 1,860 0
Joined
Nov 27, 2014
Messages
2,719
Country
Saudi Arabia
Location
Saudi Arabia
#2
Iran import Shias from everywhere, train them and then export them to Syria to fight alongside Assad.
 
Ratings
0 4 0
Joined
Dec 27, 2014
Messages
73
Country
USA
Location
USA
#3
There has to be a few tribe members fighting in Syria but I can't say what the scale is. As Adam said though its Hazara who are fighting for the Regime.

I wouldn't doubt it if there are a number of Iranian/Pakistan Hazara fighting for the Regime too
 
Top