KABUL: The Islamic Republic of Iran has provided funding to 22 government-opposition groups in Afghanistan, especially western Herat province, in terms of finances and supply of arms, according to recent findings by an Afghan parliamentary delegation.
On January 4, 2021, a delegation, headed by Abdul Sattar Hosseini and accompanied by Habiba al-Rahman Pedram, Hamidullah Hanif, and Kiramuddin Rezazada, traveled to Herat.
The Wolesi Jirga members found 195 various militant groups were operating in the province against the Afghan government.
“There are 22 groups affiliated with Iran, including the most dangerous opposition groups in Afghanistan,” said Sattar Hosseini.
“Examples of their activities are kidnapping doctors and businessmen and making highways unsafe. This has damaged the mental health of the people of Herat. Iran’s proxy forces are trying to achieve their goals by fanning the flames of war in Herat,” he added.
Hosseini said cases documenting Iran’s interference in Herat had been handed over to Afghanistan’s National Security Directorate. “Iran supports the Taliban in the western provinces of Afghanistan. The Iranian Taliban are present in Herat, Farah, and Nimrouz, and are attacking our security forces,” Hosseini added.
Meanwhile, the Afghan parliament delegation head also claimed Iran gave citizenship to insurgent groups’ family members and supported them if they were wounded in combat with Afghan security forces.
The Wolesi Jirga member condemned Iran for supplying the Taliban and other fighters with weapons