More Iranians ‘buying’ passports in other countries to evade US travel ban, sanctions

Iranians are getting passports from a number of nations, but Iran's influence with some elements of the Iraqi goverment is now so prominent the issuing of passportsthrough payoffs and corruption. (iStock) By Hollie McKay August 31, 2018 More Iranians are paying big money to buy passports in neighboring countries through bribery or fraudulent information, [...]

By |August 31st, 2018|Afghanistan, Iraq, Latin America|

Iran’s teenage Afghan fighters

Human Rights Watch has reported that the Islamic Republic of Iran deploys Afghan children to fight in Syria. (AP) By Seerat Shayagan August 27, 2018 Mohammad Javad is a commander in the Fatemiyoun Brigade, the unit of Afghan soliders fighting for Iran in Syria. His experience and military background in Afghanistan, in addition to his [...]

By |August 27th, 2018|Afghanistan, Syria|

Afghan Shias trapped in the Syrian war

The Fatemiyoun brigade operates under Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). (Supplied) By Seerat Shayagan August 25, 2018 Twenty-two-year-old Safar Ali had been missing for two months. There was no sign of him anywhere. He was no longer up to mischief while his mother urged him to propose to the girl in their neighborhood [...]

By |August 25th, 2018|Afghanistan, Syria|

The secret training camp for Iran’s Afghan soldiers

Hundreds of the Afghan newly-joined recruits to the Fatemiyoun Brigade are taken to the garrison in Yazd that belongs to the Quds Army – the branch of the IRGC, in charge of overseas military operations. (IranWire) By Seerat Shayagan August 23, 2018 Mohammadullah joined the Shiite paramilitary Fatemiyoun Brigade by accident. He was in [...]

By |August 23rd, 2018|Afghanistan, Syria|

Cursed by the wages of Iran’s war in Syria

As many as 10,000 Afghan fighters may have been recruited by Iran's Revolutionary Guards. (SMO) By Seerat Shayagan August 21, 2018 When Mohammad Hashem returned to Kabul after a year of fighting in the Syrian war, his childhood friends couldn’t recognize him. He was suffering from muscular rheumatism, had lost several pounds, most of [...]

By |August 21st, 2018|Afghanistan, Syria|

American training at the service of Iran

Sayed Hashim's first mission during the first years of the Afghans’ engagement in the Syrian war was in 2013 and lasted six months. (IranWire) By Seerat Shayagan August 20, 2018 Sayed Hashem has had three years of experience serving in the Afghan National Army. He has been trained by the American forces at a [...]

By |August 20th, 2018|Afghanistan, North America, USA|

The wergeld of Iran’s Afghan soldiers

The Fatemiyoun Division while celebrating the Iranian revolution anniversary. (Al Arabiya) By Seerat Shayagan August 16, 2018 Abdul Hameed was an Afghan militant who was killed in Syria while fighting ISIS. His family lives in the poor suburb area of the Dashti Barchi area in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul. A muddy, half-made house, with only [...]

By |August 16th, 2018|Afghanistan|

Afghans return home in record numbers as Iran currency plunges

An Afghan family with their children sit in an International Organization for Migration (IOM) transit centre after returning from Iran, in the Afghan province of Herat, August 2, 2018. (AFP) August 10, 2018 Migrant workers squeezed into battered taxis pull into the Four Seasons of Freedom hotel in western Afghanistan, part of a [...]

By |August 10th, 2018|Afghanistan|

Iran’s economic crisis fuels mass exodus of Afghan migrants

More than 400,000 undocumented Afghan migrants left Iran for Afghanistan so far in 2018, many of them in buses from Herat, near the Iranian border, to Kabul. (APA) August 2, 2018 Sporting a long, graying beard and a dusty scarf, Noor Mohammad exits a gritty restaurant in the Afghan capital, where he has [...]

By |August 2nd, 2018|Afghanistan|

Recruited by Iran to fight for Syrian regime, young Afghans bring home cash and scars

A Shiite shrine in Jebrael, west of Herat, Afghanistan. Many Afghans who are enlisted by Iran to fight for the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria come from this area. (The Washington Post) July 31, 2018 By Pamela Constable Over the past four years, thousands of young Afghan Shiite men have been drawn into [...]

By |July 31st, 2018|Afghanistan, Syria|