Under the above title, Igor Sobotin wrote, in “Nezavisimaya Gazeta”, about the suspicion that Iran is playing a dual role in Afghanistan.
The article stated: Tehran and Kabul found themselves on the brink of a diplomatic conflict due to what the Iranian state media published about the situation in Afghanistan. The well-known “Jomhouri Islami” newspaper confirmed that a militant organization of Afghan Shiites has matured in the neighboring country to confront the Taliban militants who have significantly intensified their offensive operations against the positions of the Afghan security forces in recent weeks.
In 2019, the Afghan administration unofficially expressed fears that thousands of Shiite fighters, who fought in Syria on the side of President Bashar al-Assad, will now return home and cause a headache for Kabul. Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper sources in the Afghan security services indicated that the Shiite Hazaras, recruited by Iranian officers, could become a political tool in their homeland, and Iran could use them to strengthen its positions in Afghanistan. Moreover, the Fatemiyoun Division, it was believed, was playing the role of an Iranian legion abroad.
Commenting on the assumptions that appeared in the Iranian press, Omar Nassar, a researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences and director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary Afghanistan, Omar Nassar, did not rule out that what was meant by the Shiite front was the groups of former Hazara field leaders. He told Nezavisimaya Gazeta: “Only they do not pose any danger to the Taliban. At the moment, they are working to strengthen their position within the anti-Taliban militia movement.” This movement, according to Nassar, includes not only Hazaras, but also Tajiks and Uzbeks, and may not have been created without Kabul’s help. These forces can only pose a threat to the government in the future.
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