Fearing Islamic State, some Afghan Shi'ites seek help from old enemies




 
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March 22nd, 2015  
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Topic: Fearing Islamic State, some Afghan Shi'ites seek help from old enemies


By Hamid Shalizi and Krista Mahr KABUL (Reuters) - Even by Afghanistan's standards of often-shifting alliances, a recent meeting between ethnic Hazara elders and local commanders of the Taliban insurgents who have persecuted them for years was extraordinary. ****The Hazaras a largely Shi'ite minority killed in the thousands during the Taliban's hard-line Sunni Islamist rule of the 1990s came to their old enemies seeking protection against what they deemed an even greater threat: masked men operating in the area calling themselves "Daish", a term for Islamic State in the region. ...




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