NCRI – A video obtained by CNN from Syrian rebels shows a prisoner that doesn’t speak Arabic, but mutters in Dari, the language spoken mainly in Afghanistan.
The prisoner says: “My name is Sayed Ahmad Hussaini. The Iranians pay people like me to come here [Syria] and fight. I am from Afghanistan and I am an immigrant in Iran. The Iranians brought us to Syria to fight”. “I don’t want to fight anymore,” he adds.
He says he wants to go home and that he was paid about $500 a month to fight. There are many Afghan immigrants in Iran, trying to find some shelter from the decades of war that have torn apart their land. He says he was trained and then sent to assist the regime.
CNN sent a photojournalist to eastern Afghanistan to follow up on reports of Iranian regime agents recruiting mercenaries to fight for the regime.
According to the report by CNN, in one village, four men who did not want their identity or location revealed, said they had just returned from training in Iran. There, they were taken to a police station, blindfolded, and taken to a training camp where they were shown tactics and light to medium weapons.
The men spoke in great detail about their experiences and were able to show the Iranian bank cards through which they will be paid their $500 to $1000 salaries a month. Other villagers confirmed their stories.
On man said: “Before this we used to be part of the Taliban in Afghanistan, but after our disagreements caused tensions among us, we left the Taliban and went to Iran. We are going there to fight. Either we will be killed or will be back with the monthly salary that the Iranians have promised to give us.”
The Wall Street Journal, also citing Western and Afghan officials, reported in May that Afghan refugees who agree to fight in Syria are granted residency in Iran and $500 a month.
Over the past month there has been a rise in burials held in Iran for those killed fighting in Syria. That included many Afghans.
Last month five men who had been dispatched to Syria were killed while fighting for Bashar al-Assad and were buried in the Iranian city of Qum.
The five men, Issa Hosseini, Raaouf Shaabani, Gholam Mohammad Ahmadi, Mustafa Khademi and Hadi Salimi were all citizens of Afghanistan.