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Taliban ‘recently’ in Tehran for talks with Iranian officials: Iran FM spokesman

Iran foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi. (AFP) September 17, 2019 A delegation from the Taliban “recently” had talks with Iranian officials in Iran, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi confirmed on Tuesday, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported. “Recently, within the framework of Iran’s comprehensive consultations with all sides in Afghanistan, a political [...]

By |September 17th, 2019|Afghanistan|

Shared Afghanistan interests create opening for US-Iran back channel

Afghan National Army (ANA) keep watch at a check post in Chaparhar district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan May 24, 2017. (REUTERS) August 17, 2019 Western intermediaries are trying to persuade arch foes Iran and the United States to cooperate on bolstering security in Afghanistan as US President Donald Trump seeks to extract America [...]

By |August 17th, 2019|Afghanistan, North America, USA|

Afghans killing Afghans for Iran

The Revolutionary Guards have sent not only young Afghans to fight in Syria, but also a number of Afghan children. (Supplied) July 5, 2019 A citizen journalist using the pseudonym Reza Bagherzadeh talked to an Afghan man who was recruited to fight in the Fatemiyoun Brigade in Syria, a unit established by Iran’s [...]

By |July 5th, 2019|Afghanistan, Syria|

The Afghan media controlled by Tehran

Sheikh Asef Mohseni, founder of Tamadon TV network, is a Shia Afghan clergymen who studied religion in Iran and has maintained close relations with the Islamic Republic. (Supplied) June 18, 2019 Over the last few years, the number of media outlets in Afghanistan has increased substantially, something the Afghan government regularly boasts about [...]

By |June 18th, 2019|Afghanistan|

Afghan, Iranian ministers arrive in Pakistan for talks on refugees

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) By Tahir Khan June 17, 2019 Pakistan will host a four-party meeting in Islamabad today (Monday) on a roadmap [...]

By |June 17th, 2019|Afghanistan, Pakistan|

Iranian government expels tens of thousands of Afghan refugees

Afghans return to Afghanistan at the Islam Qala border with Iran, in the western Herat Province, Feb. 20, 2019. (AP) June 13, 2019 Tehran has expelled tens of thousands of Afghan refugees so far this year, while roughly the same number have returned voluntarily due to US sanctions against Iran, Afghan officials said [...]

By |June 13th, 2019|Afghanistan|

One Afghan child’s story of crossing the border with Iran

Afghans return to Afghanistan at the Islam Qala border with Iran, in the western Herat Province, Feb. 20, 2019. (AP) May 14, 2019 Mohammad Babar is 15 years old and from Afghanistan. Like many other children from his country, he has tried to help his family survive by illegally crossing the border to [...]

By |May 14th, 2019|Afghanistan|

Afghans alarmed by Iran’s possible move to expel refugees

Afghan returnees from Iran carry their backpacks as they arrive in Herat on August 4, 2018. (AFP) May 13, 2019 Afghans expressed concern on Sunday about the implications of a move by neighboring Iran to deport nearly 3 million Afghan refugees from its soil if Washington toughens its sanctions against Tehran. Faced by [...]

By |May 13th, 2019|Afghanistan|

Afghanistan feels impact of Iran’s economic isolation

A Shiite shrine in Jebrael, west of Herat, Afghanistan. (WP) April 25, 2019 Abdul Saboor escaped poverty and instability in Afghanistan three years ago with his wife and three children and found work in neighboring Iran. Now he has returned home, despite the fact that life there has not improved. His job at [...]

By |April 25th, 2019|Afghanistan|

Iran backed fighters a threat to Afghanistan

The Revolutionary Guards have sent not only young Afghans to fight in Syria, but also a number of Afghan children. (Supplied) April 12, 2019 Many Iranian-backed fighters are returning home from the Syrian Civil War where they fought in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but they are not necessarily going to Iran. [...]

By |April 12th, 2019|Afghanistan|