Need a Job? Fight For Iran In Syria
While I don't think many in the Western world will take up the offer, there are many in much poorer countries where unemployment is rampant and jobs are few, that will. But even Iran who openly recruits men to fight for Assad and Iran in Syria want some good men in their prime of their life. They don't want women or old men or out of shape men.
For your fine service, you will be paid $500 a month AND Iranian residency. The men chosen will be fighting for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps that trains Shiite militias. The selected ones will also receive free education and housing. The advertising targets the Afghanistans who are woefully unemployment and refugees fleeing the Taliban, ironically.
Although, Iran tries to deny this, since November, there have been more Afghanistan deaths reported in their media and in burial ceremonies near their border. But for three years, Iran has basically saved Syria's Assad from collapse by providing soldiers and training to help the strung Assad army that remains. Hezbollah has joined in from Lebanon in battles near the border with rebel forces. This has allowed Assad to stay in power and now is actually winning this three year war. To date, Iran has trained and supplied 130,000 men to Syria, these include the unemployed fighters. The recent surrender of the rebels of their stronghold in Homs was largely due to Iranian supplied fighters.
So, why does Iran want the unemployed? Well, once these men are trained in basic combat, they are sent to the front line ahead of the REAL Iranian or Hezbollah troops. The unemployed are cannon fodder, the first wave in the fight and sustain the most casualties. In this way, they limit the Iranian and Hezbollah deaths that have to be sent home, which if high, would cause the general public concern with political ramifications. Nothing worse than dead bodies arriving back in Iran from Syria.
The war is really a religious one, it is the Sunni rebels, supported by the US, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Shiite, which is Syria and Iran. This is one of the recruiting points Iran sells to Afghans, that is, it is Sunni versus Shiite war. Studies show that there are more foreign fighters on both sides than at the height of Iraq war and many of the radical al-Qaeda fighters cross the border from Anbar province in Iraq.
But Iran has a nice recruiting pool to find unemployed men with over one million Afghan refugees inside Iran. Most are unemployed, desperate for work and wanting a better life than what they had. If you were Afghan even Iranian life look far more appealing. The pool is actually much larger, as there are two million unregistered refugees that have crossed. This mercenary recruitment also helps keep Afghan refugee problem inside Iran at bay by sending some to Syria.
So far, there is one Afghan battalion called, Fatemiyoun (named after the Prophet Muhammad's daughter, Fatima). It was led by a 19-year old Afghan, Reza Ismaeli, who was caught and beheaded by the rebels fighting in Damascus. According to Iran, the Afghans only defend Islamic shrines, well, that is not exactly true.
At least it was not a more precious Iranian that died, it was just an Afghan teen.