Former Afghan Intelligence Chief hits out hard at Iran, warns of dangerous move
“This is quite dangerous: What happens to this Fatemiyoun force when the war in Syria is over?” Nabil told The New York Times.
According to the Human Right Watch report, the children have been recruited y the Revolutionary Guard of Iran and several of them have been killed and buried in the Iranian soil.
Afghan children as young as 14 have fought in the Fatemiyoun division, an exclusively Afghan armed group supported by Iran that fights alongside government forces in the Syrian conflict,” the report said.
The report further added that the researchers of the organization have reviewed photographs of tombstones in Iranian cemeteries where the authorities buried combatants killed in Syria, and identified eight Afghan children who apparently fought and died in Syria.
The organization also added that since 2013 Iran has supported and trained thousands of Afghans, at least some of them undocumented immigrants, as part of the Fatemiyoun division, a group that an Iranian newspaper close to the government describes as volunteer Afghan forces, to fight in Syria. In May 2015, Defa Press, a news agency close to Iran’s armed forces, reported that the Fatemiyoun had been elevated from a brigade to a division.