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Iranian State-Run Newspaper Reports Creation of Shiite Proxy Against Talibanon July 20, 2021 at 11:16 pm

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Iran has called on a Shiite proxy force to “rise up” and fight against the Taliban terrorist group, according to Jomhouri-e Eslami, a newspaper owned by the Iranian regime, in its lead print story on July 19. Often described as an official Iranian newspaper whose editor-in-chief is appointed by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Jomhouri-e Eslami reported that the new militia, Harshad Al-Shiite, will fight the Taliban. “To fight against the Taliban, Harshad Al-Shiite rise in Afghanistan,” reads the lead in Farsi. The news, also reported by other Middle East media such as Al Arabiya and Radio Farda, has sparked a storm of reactions from Afghan netizens and analysts. In a previous news analysis, The Epoch Times reported that the complicated situation inside Afghanistan will provide greater opportunities for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to create its own Shiite proxy and to exploit the situation to develop Shiite fundamentalism inside Afghanistan. …

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