Afghanistan launches new export route to India through Iran

Slipping popularity. Iranian President Hassan Rohani poses at the inauguration a newly built extension of the Chabahar port last December. (AP) February 25, 2019 Afghanistan began exports to India through an Iranian port on Sunday, official said, as the landlocked, war-torn nation turns to overseas markets to improve its economy. Officials said 23 [...]

By |February 25th, 2019|Afghanistan, East Asia, India, Palestine|

Smuggled Afghan children in Iran working as street peddlers

Afghan children clean cars for money, as well as sell chewing gum, chocolate and fortune-telling cards. (Supplied) February 23, 2019 Jamileh has difficulty reaching the car window. She makes sure she stays on her toes to finish the job fast before the light turns green and the cars move on. She cleans the [...]

By |February 23rd, 2019|Afghanistan|

Ex Afghan refugee in Iran: “borders continue in our imagination”

Reza, a young Afghan boy born and raised in Iran. (Iran Wire) By Aida Ghajar February 12, 2019 His journey to Turkey was not difficult. He sat in a car for most of the way and only passed through a shallow river on foot from the Maku border crossing. The challenging part was [...]

By |February 12th, 2019|Afghanistan, Europe|

Iran denies allegations of spying on German army

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi. (IRNA) January 21, 2019 Iran has dismissed allegations by German prosecutors that an army employee was spying for Tehran. The semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi as saying that “enemies” were aiming to “sour relations” between Iran and Europe. He appeared to be [...]

By |January 21st, 2019|Afghanistan, Europe|

Germany arrests German-Afghan army adviser for ‘spying for Iran’

Afghan National Army soldiers march during training by Italian soldiers from NATO's Resolute Support Mission at a Military Training center on the outskirts of Herat, Feb. 9, 2017. (AFP) January 16, 2019 Germany on Tuesday detained a German-Afghan man on suspicion he was spying for Iran while working for the German army as [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|Afghanistan|

Iranian TV host ‘sorry’ for perceived racism toward Afghans

Former Iranian soccer international Ali Ansarian is now a TV sportscaster. (Video Grab) January 12, 2019 When an Afghan TV host highlighted censorship on neighboring Iran's state-controlled broadcaster, it didn't go down well with everyone. Former soccer player-turned-sportscaster Ali Ansarian responded by suggesting that Iranians are better off than Afghans. He said his [...]

By |January 12th, 2019|Afghanistan|

Afghan migrants returning from Iran hit record high in 2018

Afghan returnees from Iran carry their backpacks as they arrive in Herat on August 4, 2018. (AFP) January 8, 2018 The flow of Afghans forced to leave Iran turned into a flood in 2018, with a record nearly 800,000 coming back as renewed US sanctions sent the Iranian currency into freefall and fueled [...]

By |January 8th, 2019|Afghanistan|

One man’s story of life and smuggling in Iran’s Baluchistan

Anam Dehvari says smugglers in the border towns of Sistan and Baluchistan take passengers directly to Karachi, the largest port in Pakistan. (Supplied) By Aida Ghajar January 7, 2019 I met Anam Dehvari in a Turkish city. Dehvari is the son of the late Sheikh Ali Dehvari, who was assassinated in Saravan, Baluchistan in [...]

By |January 7th, 2019|Afghanistan, Europe, Pakistan, Turkey|

Two Iranian members of Taliban killed in Afghanistan

Taliban fighters react to a speech by their senior leader in the Shindand district of Herat province, May 27, 2016. (AP) January 2, 2019 Afghan forces have killed two Iranian members of the Taliban in northern Faryab province, local army said Tuesday. The militants were identified as Ahmad and Jundullah, according to 1Tv [...]

By |January 2nd, 2019|Afghanistan|

Afghan Taliban says ‘post-occupation’ discussed with Iran

A Taliban delegation has arrived in the Irianian capital as part of a series negotiations, Dec 30, 2018. (AFP) January 2, 2019 The Taliban discussed Afghanistan's "post-occupation situation" with Iran in their latest meeting, the group said Tuesday, as Tehran makes a more concerted and open push for peace ahead of a possible [...]

By |January 2nd, 2019|Afghanistan|