Afghans killed in SyriaAt least five Afghan refugees who were killed during the Syrian war have been buried in Iran, it has been reported. (File Photo of a funeral ceremony of Afghans killed in Syria)

The refugees were between 19 to 21-year-old and were part of Fatemyun division comprised of Afghan refugees and has been formed by Iran to fight in support of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The victims were living in Iran and were buried in Tehran – the capital city of Iran and Damavand, according to a report by Radio Farda which is a part of Radio Free Europe operation from Iran.

This comes as reports emerged late in August this year 3,500 Afghans are fighting in Syria in support of Bashar al-Assad.

The reports further added that Afghan nationals are lured by the month salary of $700 and Iranian residency permit.

The Afghan militants are fighting on both sides of the Syrian war, in support of the Syria Bashar al-Assad and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, with estimates earlier this year showing some 3,000 Afghan nationals have been deployed to take part in the ongoing conflict.

Informed sources in the Afghan government also confirmed earlier this year that the number includes Iranian-backed Shiites fighting a proxy war in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and against Islamic State and other rebel groups.

The participation of Afghan militants in Syria war has sparked concerns among the Afghan officials some will return to fight in Afghanistan under Islamic State’s banner.


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