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Worst Fears of Iranian Dissidents in Afghanistan Realized After Arrests, Killing | Radio Free Europe

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The Afghan government, supported by the Taliban, has detained two Iranian dissidents. 

On 14 May, the Taliban purportedly captured two Iranian dissidents in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, according to sources. After the U.S.-led invasion in 2001, a limited number of Iranian dissidents were offered shelter by the Afghans. After the Taliban gained control, several Iranian dissidents voiced concern that they may have attacked in August. According to Amnesty International, the purported detention of Iranian dissidents Zarean and Khaki follows a typical pattern of arbitrary arrests by the Taliban. They arrived after the January assassination of another Iranian dissident, Saadi Khaledi. 

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Afghanistan said that it could not comment on specific instances due to “confidentiality and data protection” concerns. Since regaining power, the Taliban have endeavored to mend ties with Iran, its erstwhile adversary. 

Source: https://www.rferl.org/a/afghanistan-taliban-iranian-dissidents/31860407.html 

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