In this photograph taken on October 10, 2017 Afghan member of parliament (MP) Ramazan Bashardost (2L) speaks with Afghan men in Kabul.
Fleeing grinding poverty and unemployment, thousands of Afghan Shiites have been recruited by Iran to defend Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, former fighters and rights activists say. "They are used by the Iranian government, which treats them like slaves," said Ramazan Bashardost, a Hazara member of parliament in Kabul. "The sorrow, pain and hunger of the people is not a major concern of the Afghan government." 
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In this photograph, taken on October 10, 2017, Afghan MP Ramazan Bashardost (2L) speaks with Afghan men in Kabul. Fleeing poverty and unemployment, thousands of Afghan Shiites have been recruited by IShow more

'Just about money': Iran recruits Afghans for Syria fight




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