Iran finds Afghan fighters free of charge for its war in Syria
Reports from inside Iran clearly show that contrary to Iran’s claims, there is essentially no voluntary Afghan fighters being deployed to Syria by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), through full use of governmental facilities and comprehensive planning.
Among the IRGC’s foreign forces, Afghans are the least expensive. The statistics of Afghan citizens living in Iran are estimated at around 3 million, which also form a Division of about 15,000 to 20,000 troops called Fatimids or Fatemiyoun.
The command of the Afghan forces deployed to Syria is at headquarters of the Ansar under the lead of the Quds Force, which takes care of operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan. With the establishment of the Quds Force in 1991, Brigadier Guard Ismail Qa’ani, present successor of Qassem Soleimani, was commander of the Ansar base in Mashhad. Currently, the commander of the base is brigade leader Hossein Mousavi. Ansar base has a central headquarter in Mashhad and four headquarters in the provinces of eastern Iran. Fatemiyun Branch is part of the Quds Force under Qasem Soleimani’s Guard Corps’ command.
As the deaths of Iranian soldiers in the Syrian war will cause dissatisfaction among Iranian families, Iran sends the Afghan troops that have the least political and social costs as the Afghans lack any human or social rights inside Iran.