An Afghan money-changer’s story of smuggling dollars to Iran

Afghan money changers gather to deal with foreign currency at a money change market in Herat province. (Reuters) December 5, 2018 I talked to an Afghan money-changer in the Afghan capital of Kabul who told me he makes at least $500 on every $10,000 that he smuggles into Iran. He has a currency exchange [...]

By |December 5th, 2018|Afghanistan|

Iran FM attends Afghan peace talks in Geneva

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif. (AP) November 29, 2018 Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is attending the UN-sponsored Geneva Conference on Afghanistan, which opened in the Swiss city on Tuesday. According to Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi, Zarif has taken part in the two-day conference to clarify Tehran’s position on the restoration [...]

By |November 29th, 2018|Afghanistan|

Children of undocumented Afghan refugees exploited in Iran

Iran -- Some Afghan refugees’ children in Iran by some reasons including lack of identification documents, are studying in non-state schools, which called “Autonomous primary school” (MAKTAB-E KHODGARDAN) November 13, 2018 Iran is home to the largest Afghan diaspora population in the world, as well as over 3 million Afghan refugees, two thirds [...]

By |November 13th, 2018|Afghanistan|

US exempts Indian-backed port in Iran from sanctions

Iranian Chabahar port. (Getty Images) November 7, 2018 The United States said Tuesday it would exempt Iran’s Indian-backed port of Chabahar from new sanctions on Tehran, recognizing the value of the project to Afghanistan. Iran late last year inaugurated the port on the Indian Ocean which provides a key supply route to landlocked [...]

By |November 7th, 2018|Afghanistan, India|

Iran: Afghan refugee children denied education due to government inaction

An Afghan child plays with a baloon at the Shahid Nasseri refugee camp in Taraz Nahid village near the city of Saveh, some 130 kms southwest of the capital Tehran, on February 8, 2015. (AP) November 3, 2018 With over 3 million Afghan refugees, Iran has one of the world’s largest refugee populations. [...]

By |November 3rd, 2018|Afghanistan|

IRGC recruits desperate Afghans to fight and die in Syria

Iran -- A funeral for Afghan soldiers who were organized by Iran to fights in Syria and have been killed inside Syria, on May 05, 2015. (Tasnim) October 29, 2018 The Iranian government continues stands accused of sending members of its Afghan minority to Syria as part of the country’s military operations. As [...]

By |October 29th, 2018|Afghanistan, Syria|

US and partner nations seek to disrupt Iran-Taliban nexus

The US Treasury Department released this graphic in 2012. (US Treasury Department) By Thomas Joscelyn October 25, 2018 The Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC) has designated nine men who are undermining the Afghan government. The TFTC is comprised of the US and six partner nations: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates [...]

By |October 25th, 2018|Afghanistan, Middle East, North America, USA|

U.S. Treasury targets Taliban, Iranian backers with sanctions

Taliban fighters react to a speech by their senior leader in the Shindand district of Herat province, May 27, 2016. (AP) October 24, 2018 The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions targeting Afghanistan's Taliban insurgency on Tuesday, designating eight people including two Iranians linked to Tehran's Revolutionary Guards' Quds force, according to the department's [...]

By |October 24th, 2018|Afghanistan, North America, USA|

Iran’s Fatemiyoun Brigade: The soldier sent back to Afghanistan for demanding days off

The Afghan soldier was motivated by his desire to defend shrines in Syria, but also by the possibility of obtaining a residence card for himself and his family. (IranWire) October 19, 2108 This young Afghan man served from 2013 to 2015 in Syria, fighting for Iran’s Fatemiyoun Brigade, a militia primarily comprised of Afghan [...]

By |October 19th, 2018|Afghanistan, Syria|

Setting up by Iran’s IRGC: One Afghan’s last mission to Syria

Critics point to the Revolutionary Guards' propaganda about the honor of fighting for the Fatemiyoun Brigade. (IranWire) By Amir Mirzayi October 16, 2018 Everyone is in shock and no one can speak a word. The young wife cries so much that she is breathing heavily. The two very young children don’t know yet that [...]

By |October 16th, 2018|Afghanistan, Syria|