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Cold homecoming for Afghans paid by Iran to fight in Syria
AP ^ | 3/31/2019 | KATHY GANNON

Posted on 03/31/2019 6:50:20 AM PDT by McGruff

Too poor to even buy pens and notebooks for school, Mehdi left his home in Afghanistan soon after his 17th birthday and headed to Iran, hoping to make his way to Europe and find work.

Instead, Mehdi ended up fighting in Syria’s civil war, a conflict he had nothing to do with, 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) from home. He was one of tens of thousands of Afghans recruited, paid and trained by Iran to fight in support of Tehran’s ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad.

There, he found himself thrown into one of the war’s bloodiest front lines, surrounded by the bodies of his comrades, under fire from Islamic militants so close he could hear their shouts of “Allahu akbar” (“God is greatest”) before each mortar blast.

(Excerpt) Read more at apnews.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; Syria; War on Terror
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A long article actually worth reading.
1 posted on 03/31/2019 6:50:20 AM PDT by McGruff
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To: McGruff

“So before I was nine, I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; and the tribe against the world. And all of us against the infidel.”

- Leon Uris: The Haj

Good article, shows the truth of the passage above. And if you don’t know the basics of the Sunni-Shia split, you don’t know a thing about the Middle East.


2 posted on 03/31/2019 7:05:33 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: McGruff

Allahu Akbar means Satan = their Allah ( who never had a son ) is greater than God.


3 posted on 03/31/2019 7:07:39 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: McGruff

Where did Iran get the money to pay and equip these fighters?


4 posted on 03/31/2019 7:30:38 AM PDT by Moonman62 (Facts are racist.)
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To: Moonman62

Oil?


5 posted on 03/31/2019 7:31:27 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: McGruff

The author intends this to be a sob story about a poor Afghan, but where did his money go? The article said he made $900 a month as a fighter. Did I miss it?


6 posted on 03/31/2019 7:32:23 AM PDT by Moonman62 (Facts are racist.)
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More to the point it usually means in context: my god is greater than your god ... so die miscreant, infidel!


7 posted on 03/31/2019 7:40:05 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: Moonman62
Maybe


8 posted on 03/31/2019 7:41:34 AM PDT by McGruff
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9 posted on 03/31/2019 7:47:49 AM PDT by Moonman62 (Facts are racist.)
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To: FreedomPoster

Most folks can not even contemplate what goes on in the Middle East.

Talk to some liberal hipster and try to explain that Bacha Bazi is and they’ll deny it. Saying that you made it all up. That it never happens.

Tell some liberal that there are child brides in the ME and that some haven’t even reached a double-digit age.

Try to explain that in their culture, if your elder tells you to cut the throat of your best friend, who is from another tribe because of a 50yr old feud that has been reignited, then it’s time to cut some throats. They won’t believe you.

Try to tell some liberal that the Sunni’s and Shia’s loathe each other and that it would be like Southern Baptist vs Christian Baptists, only much much much more violent. And the only reason they don’t kill each other more often is they tend to find common enemies(USA). And when the common enemy is gone, they go right back to killing each other. They won’t believe you.

There are so many things about the place that most will never understand or accept unless they’ve been there. And even then, for some, they still don’t believe it. State Dept folks being some of them. Go to the US Embassy in Baghdad. It’s an oasis in the middle of what is still a dangerous place. Not dangerous like it was 2004-2009/10, but dangerous nonetheless. They fly into BIAP, fly to the Embassy, surrounded by guys with guns, and then fly home. They aren’t out and about like they were years ago. They don’t realize that the Iraqi they’re dealing with would like to cut their throat, even though they’re all laughing about something, while sipping some chai.


10 posted on 03/31/2019 7:51:37 AM PDT by qaz123
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Muslim apologist. Of which there are many. Especially in the US Dept of State.


11 posted on 03/31/2019 7:52:32 AM PDT by qaz123
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Where did Iran get the money to pay and equip these fighters?

From us via Obummer's pallet of cash.
12 posted on 03/31/2019 8:16:33 AM PDT by ssfromla
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

13 posted on 03/31/2019 12:15:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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