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Herat residents express support for killing of Iranian commander Soleimani

By Omar

More than 100 residents of Herat Province gathered January 6 in Herat city to express their support for the killing of top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani and to demand that Tehran stop using Afghanistan as a staging ground for its proxy wars. [Omar]

HERAT -- More than 100 residents of Herat Province gathered Monday (January 6) in Herat city to voice their support for the killing of a top Iranian military commander and to demand that Tehran stop using Afghanistan as a staging ground for its proxy wars.

The residents said they welcomed the killing of Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), by a US drone attack in Iraq on January 3.

The Iranian regime and Soleimani are responsible for the killing of thousands of Afghans whom they recruited as part of a unit of the IRGC called the Fatemiyoun Division, protesters said. The fighters were killed in the regime's proxy wars in a number of countries, especially in Syria.

"The killing of Soleimani will allow us [Afghans] to implement our infrastructure projects, such as dams," Sabria Nawrozi, a resident of Herat city, said at the rally in front of the governor's office. "Afghans should no longer take part in the Syrian war, and they have to stick to their original position [to not take part in the wars of others]."

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Quds Force commander Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani is shown attending an event in Tehran last August to honour those killed in battle in Syria. Soleimani was killed in Baghdad January 3. [File]

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In this photograph taken January 6, protesters in Herat city express their support for the killing of top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani in Iraq and demand that the Iranian regime stop interfering in Afghanistan's affairs. [Omar]

"We support the killing of those who kill Afghans, as Afghans are also humans and have the right to live," she added. "Those individuals who put efforts into harming Afghans, we demand that they also see harm."

'A neutral country'

"As tensions grow between Iran and the United States, we are concerned that Afghanistan's security situation will get worse," Nawrozi added. "Afghanistan is a neutral country, and Iran doesn't have the right to use our soil for its proxy wars."

Omaid Naab, one of the rally participants and a civil society activist in Herat city, called on the Iranian regime to avoid transforming Afghanistan into a battlefield for its proxy wars.

"Recent changes in the Middle East that unfolded after the killing of Soleimani have made Afghans worried that Iran might use Afghan [soil] for fighting its proxy wars," he said.

"We want the United States not to allow any country to use our soil for their proxy wars, based on the agreement it has with Afghanistan," he added.

"We have concerns that Iran uses Afghan soil to achieve its interests and cause damage to the United States, but we demand that Iran, as a Muslim country with which we share language and culture, not use Afghan soil for achieving its goals," said Naab.

The death of Soleimani has had an impact on the security situation in Herat Province, and the Afghan people -- especially inhabitants of the western region -- are concerned about what will happen in the future, Naab said, adding that Afghans lack the ability to fight a new war.

A boost to stability

Soleimani was spearheading unrest in the Middle East and on some occasions in Afghanistan with the help of terrorist groups, say some Afghan analysts, who consider his death a key step in improving the security and stability of the region.

Soleimani's death reduces the influence of the Iranian regime in the region, said Abdul Qader Kamel, a political analyst in Herat city.

Soleimani "was playing an important role in fuelling crises and damaging the interests of the United States and the West in Middle Eastern countries such as Libya, Yemen, Syria and Iraq", he said.

"The killing of Soleimani decreases the spread of violence in the Middle East, limits the Iranian government's recruitment drive for various groups and creates positive consequences for ... regional peace and stability," he added.

The Quds Force of the IRGC, which operated under Soleimani's command, has been interfering with the internal matters of Afghanistan for almost 20 years, said Khalil Parsa, a political analyst based in Washington.

In recent years the group has supported the Taliban by providing them with weapons and money, said Parsa.

"Joint meetings of Iranian and Taliban authorities in Tehran reveal the country's clear support of the Taliban," added Parsa. "The [IRGC] provides intelligence and financial support to the Taliban."

"Soleimani was leading the war in Syria in which thousands of Afghans lost their lives as part of Fatemiyoun," he said. "The [IRGC] makes use of the desperate situation of Afghan labourers in Iran as it forces them to participate in the bloody wars in Syria and other countries."

The Quds Force often tried to destroy major Afghan projects like dams to benefit Iranian interests, said Parsa. In recent years, terrorist groups that receive support from Iran have attacked hydro-power dams several times in the western region [of Afghanistan], he added.

"When hydro-power dams are built in western and southern Afghanistan, Afghan rivers are diverted away from Iran," he said. "The [IRGC] often tried to prevent the building of these dams by providing finances and weapons to the Taliban and other terrorist groups."

Preventing destructive Iranian efforts

Security forces are working to prevent any type of proxy war and intervention by neighbouring countries, said authorities in Herat Province.

Afghan forces will not allow Afghan soil to be used by any group to benefit neighbouring countries, said Jilani Farhad, a spokesman for the Herat governor.

"Afghanistan maintains friendly diplomatic ties with all the countries in the region and across the world, and we won't allow Afghanistan to turn into a battleground for some neighbouring countries," said Farhad.

"All the countries, especially our neighbours, should operate in a way that doesn't harm the Afghan people," he said.

Afghan security forces are busy destroying terrorist groups in districts and villages, and they can defeat any type of threat posed by neighbouring countries and the groups they support, Farhad added.

"Afghan citizens have proved for years that they want peace," he said. "They will never allow terrorist groups, especially extremist groups, to use the territory of Afghanistan for the proxy wars of some countries."

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Interesting game: They had them killed one of their prominent generals and they started uproar. From their warnings it seemed that America will be ruined now; however they killed 52 persons in their general’s funeral ceremony in stamping, and again they started uproar and said, we are taking revenge. On the other side, they informed American forces through the Iraqi government to stay away because we have received permission to [take action and] for face saving. Their missile shooters were so ignorant that they considered a passenger plane as a fighter airplane and shot it down in which 176 innocent passengers were killed among whom 82 were Iranians. In the morning they tried told lies for face saving saying that the airplane got damaged itself. On the other day, they admitted and said that they themselves have shot down the airplane and they admitted after the Canadian prime minister revealed the truth. So readers! A total of 135 Iranians and 94 foreigners were killed in this entire story and 13 of them were our compatriots; however, even a mouse or cat of America was not killed in the entire dispute, so this is called power and this action is called preparation which the Muslims have forgotten. This is called leadership that Muslims lack. Instead Muslims are involved in dispute with each other and cannot tolerate each other even inside a single country, and their countries’ leaders cannot tolerate other countries, and do not let them live a good life. We are the best and clearest examples of the oppressed ones getting burnt by the fire lit by our Muslim neighbors for the last forty years, while we have not caused them anything bad; however, the actual reason behind this is that we ourselves have become handles of others’ axes and then we are getting cut with their axes. We refer to Allah with our complaints and we ask for His help. Sir Mufti Abdul Wali

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Death to the terrorist Iran. Iran is a destroyed country; it is not existed anymore.

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Camel sees cotton seeds in its dream, sometime he eats them mouthful and sometimes he eats them one by one. (poem)
Be sure that Afghanistan will be destroyed before Iran, and none of its provinces will see its neighboring province.

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