Taliban Promises Iran To Send Fighters To Lebanon, Claims Israeli Media

Sunday, 06/16/2024

Israel’s Army Radio, citing the Al-Akhbar newspaper, reported that the Taliban have assured Iran that in the event of a severe war between Israel and Hezbollah, they will send thousands of fighters to Lebanon.

Recently, Iran's ambassador in Kabul declared Afghanistan a part of the "axis of resistance" and mentioned that "martyrdom" forces from Afghanistan would go to Gaza if needed.

Al-Akhbar, a newspaper affiliated with Hezbollah in Lebanon, reported that Taliban leaders have promised Iranian officials to send fighters to Lebanon in support of Hezbollah against Israel.

Following Israel's military attack on the Gaza Strip, Hezbollah has clashed with the Israeli army, with the conflict intensifying in recent days. Like Hamas, Hezbollah is a militia group supported by Iran.

In recent months, Taliban leaders and Hamas have held several meetings, with the Taliban expressing support for Palestinian militant groups against Israel.

In February, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, Iran's special representative for Afghanistan, stated that although Afghanistan is not close to Gaza, it is part of the "axis of resistance."

Iran refers to groups it supports and others fighting against the Western coalition and Israel as the "axis of resistance."

Qomi's statements sparked widespread reactions in Afghanistan. On 8 February 2024, Al-Mirsad, a media outlet affiliated with Taliban intelligence agency, challenged Iran's regional policy, questioning why Iran does not order Hezbollah to fight directly against Israel "instead of killing Sunnis in Syria."

Husam Badran, a member of Hamas' political bureau, said in an interview with the Taliban-controlled Bakhtar News Agency in February that the Afghans’ jihad and the Taliban's victory in Afghanistan have been inspiring for Hamas.

The Taliban and Iran have maintained close relations, with Iranian and Taliban officials travelling between Kabul and Tehran numerous times over the past three years.

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