HIA ready to send fighters to Yemen
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), the second largest militant group after the Taliban, on Monday said it was ready to send hundreds of fighters to Yemen for the defence of Saudi Arabia.
A statement from Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led group said it was ready to extend all possible support to the kingdom against Iran-backed miscreants.
“After Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, Tehran has started its evil activities in Yemen, where it has hand in bloody incidents and is supporting anti-Muslim forces,” the HIA statement said.
Yemen descended into further chaos after Saudi Arabia-led 10 nation coalition launched airstrikes targeting positions held by the rebel fighters.
The Saudi-led coalition smashed parts of Yemen's Defense Ministry Central Command in the capital, Saana over the weekend, senior Yemeni officials said.
Under the rain of coalition bombs, the Houthis, who are Shiites in a majority Sunni country, still control Sanaa. But the airstrikes have hurt them and destroyed a lot of infrastructure.
The HIA, which fights against government and foreign forces in Afghanistan, claimed in its statement that Iran had been involved in fueling the conflict in Afghanistan and creating insecurity.
It said Iran had been supportive of American and Russian forces and did not want peace to return to Afghanistan. “We invite all those fed up with Iran’s atrocities to join us in preventing the country from its evil activities.”
It said Afghans were against Iran’s meddling in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Lebnon and they strongly condemned the country’s policy on Yemen.
The HIA supported Saudi Arabia in its effort to prevent Iran from interfering in the internal affairs of Yemen.
“Thousands of Afghan mujahideen will reach Yemen to fight against Iran-backed miscreants, if they are provided facilities to reach there,” the statement said.
The Afghan government has also supported Saudi’s stance on the conflict in Yemen.
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