Iran’s offer to use Shiite militias in fight against IS militants in Afghanistan seen as threat to country’s volatile security

Some Afghan lawmakers and experts have said that a recent offer by Iran to Afghanistan to use Iran-backed Shiite militias in the fight against Islamic State (IS) can be a threat to Afghanistan’s volatile security.

It must be noted that Iran, since the beginning of the Syria’s civil war in 2011, has reportedly positioned tens of thousands of Shiite fighters from across the Middle East and beyond to fight on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Among those recruited by Iran have been fighting under the banner of a U.S.-designated terror group – the Fatemiyoun Brigade.

And these are the fighters which Iran officials now say can be taken by the Afghan government to be used in the country’s fight against the IS terror group in the region.

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