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Is Iran paying Afghan mercenaries to fight in Syria?

Syria's long-running civil war has drawn in all sorts of groups and individuals who have joined the fight on one side or another.

Most are from the country's immediate neighbours, but it is also thought hundreds of unemployed men from Afghanistan have taken up arms alongside President Assad's forces.

They say they are being paid to do so by the Iranian government with the promise of passports and jobs if they survive.

Mark Lobel reports from Kabul.

  • 19 Jun 2015
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