Afghans-fight-in-SyriaThe Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has praised the families of the Afghan fighters killed in Syria to defend the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

According to reports, between 10,000 to 12,000 Afghans have been recruited the fight the Syrian rebels and majority of the Afghan fighters are illegal immigrants.

A video has emerged online which shows the Iranian Supreme Leader meeting with the families of the Afghan fighters killed in Syria.

It is believed the video was recorded late in March as Khamenei was meeting the families and telling them ‘I am proud you’.

Khamenei is seen further stating that the “martyrs who die on this path are privileged.”

“In fact your children have created a shield with their life to protect the holy shrines from these evil [forces]. Therefore their status is very important,” he said.

The video is released days after at least 15 Afghan nationals have reportedly been killed during a clash with the Syrian rebels near the Syrian city of Aleppo.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said has said the Afghans who were killed during the clash were among the Iranian-backed militia fighters.

Iran has reportedly promised citizenship to these fighters and improving the living conditions of their families besides each of these fighters are paid from $400 to $600 monthly wages.