2018-01-04 | Terrorism

Hekmatyar accuses Iran of supporting ISIS in Afghanistan

Salaam Times

'Iran wants to play the same game in Afghanistan that it played under the name of ISIS in Iraq and Syria,' the former militant commander said.


In this photograph taken on October 23, 2017 an Afghan resident looks on inside the Imam Zaman Shiite mosque after a ISIS suicide attack claimed 56 lives. Iran has been accused of supporting ISIS activities in Afghanistan. [Shah Marai/AFP]

In this photograph taken on October 23, 2017 an Afghan resident looks on inside the Imam Zaman Shiite mosque after a ISIS suicide attack claimed 56 lives. Iran has been accused of supporting ISIS activities in Afghanistan. [Shah Marai/AFP]

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.

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6 Comments

فريد احمد عابدي | 01-17-2018

very excellent!

george williams kingsley | 01-14-2018

i really like news

haqiqllah | 01-13-2018

However black a cow is, its milk is always white.

Ahmad Sameer | 01-09-2018

you are the best

عبيدالله | 01-08-2018

Hekmatyar should not express his opinion only about Iran, but also Pakistan so that the people know his policy.

جميل خان | 01-07-2018

Greetings to Salaam Times Editor, I am a fan of your website. I thank you for the fresh news and news stories. I have no relation to Hezb, but the reality is that Hezb-e-Islami is a big party in Afghanistan which was proved by the gatherings held in Kabul, Herat and Khost and showed the large number of its followers. Also, its leader is not a thief like that of Rabbani, Abdullah, Atta Mohammad Noor, Dostum, Sayyaf, Muhaqiq. For this reason, it would be fair for your website to call him with a proper name. Regards, Jamil Khan

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