KABUL -- Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a former militant commander and one-time Taliban ally, has accused Iran of supporting the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) in Afghanistan, BBC Persian reported Thursday (January 4).
ISIS fighters coming from Syria and Iraq are reaching Afghanistan via Iranian soil, he said at a news conference in Kabul Thursday.
"Iran wants to play the same game in Afghanistan that it played under the name of Daesh [ISIS] in Iraq and Syria," Hekmatyar said.
At a December 11 press conference, he blamed Iran for interfering in Afghanistan and fomenting conflict over the past 30 years.
Last November, Hekmatyar confirmed Russia's relationship with the Taliban.
Hekmatyar and his dormant Hezb-e-Islami militant group signed a peace deal with the Afghan government in September 2016.
Can Russia's efforts help the Taliban and Afghan government reach a lasting peace agreement?