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Over 400,000 Afghans returned home from Iran, Pakistan

Afghans return to Afghanistan at the Islam Qala border with Iran, in the western Herat Province, Feb. 20, 2019. (AP) November 1, 2019 A total of 403,338 people have returned to Afghanistan from neighboring Iran and Pakistan since the beginning of the year, the UN-affiliated International Organization for Migration (IOM) said in a [...]

By |November 1st, 2019|Afghanistan, Pakistan|

Mohammadyar’s story: I tried to flee Afghanistan for Iran

Mohammadyar was 14 when made his first trip with traffickers across the Iranian border. (IranWire) By Bagher Ebrahimi October 17, 2019 In Kerman, a city in southeast Iran, Iranian police routinely arrest Afghan migrants. Often, they beat them badly and then they transport them to a camp for three days before deporting them back to [...]

By |October 17th, 2019|Afghanistan|

EU sees spike in Afghan migrants as many leave sanctions-stricken Iran

Afghan returnees from Iran carry their backpacks as they arrive in Herat on August 4, 2018. (AFP) October 15, 2019 More Afghans than Syrians have migrated to the European Union so far this year, official data shows, making them the largest nationality illegally entering the bloc, with many relocating from Iran partly due [...]

By |October 15th, 2019|Afghanistan, Europe|

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|