Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Afghans recruited to fight in Syrian war struggle back home

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AP/Miami Herald and Asharq al-Awsat, 31 March 2019

AAN’s Reza Kazemi is quoted in this article about Afghan returnees from the Iranian sponsored, pro-Assad Fatemiyun brigade in Syria with some cautionary tones:

Most of those who joined the Fatimiyoun Brigade were driven by hopelessness and poverty, not loyalty to Iran, said Reza Kasimi, a researcher with the independent Kabul-based research group, Afghanistan Analysts Network.

“The first thing is that most of these people don’t see a future for themselves in Afghanistan,” he said.

The Miami Herald version here.

Interestingly, the piece is also reproduced in the Saudi-sponsored daily Asharq al-Awsat but without the para with Reza’s quote.