Another 15 Afghans killed in Syria conflict
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fifteen Afghans were among 35 fighters killed in fresh clashes between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad forces and militants in Halab city of Syria, the Voice of America (VoA) reports.
Some Afghan Shia community members have been fighting alongside Assad military against groups seeking his ouster.
Iran has been recruiting men from Afghan refugee families and sending them to Syria to bolster Assad. Tehran has reportedly sent military advisors to Syria and is recruiting militias from within Iran and Afghanistan to fight alongside the Syrian army.
According to VoA, Jaishul Fatha and Jabha-i-Alnasar fighters launched coordinated attacks on pro-Assad forces in Khan Tuman locality, in which 15 Afghans, 20 Iranians, including 13 military advisors and some members of the Lebanon-based Hizbullah group had been killed.
The Iranian military confirmed 13 troops had been killed and 21 others wounded in the clashes in Syria. Earlier there were reports that the bodies of some Afghans who were killed in the Syrian conflict had been shifted to Iran.
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