For the first time since the the Taliban were removed from power in Afghanistan 15 years ago, the mostly Shi’ite Hazara community have expressed support for the Taliban.
This is mostly because of supposed nationalistic sentiment rather than some unified jihad.
AJ: Since the fall of Taliban Regime,for first time gunmen from Shiite Hazraa community announce joining Taliban.pic.twitter.com/XQvT0eovqX
— Battle Analytics (@BattleAnalytics) October 3, 2016
When Afghanistan was under Taliban leadership, the Hazaras suffered massacres, genocides and pogrom attempts by the radical Sunni group.