Iran and the future of the Afghanistan peace process

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, second left, walks with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, left, during his official welcoming ceremony in Tehran, Iran, April 19, 2015. (AP) March 20, 2019 US officials are currently engaged in peace talks aimed at reaching a political settlement with the Taliban, driven by a desire for peace and security [...]

By |March 20th, 2019|Afghanistan|

Could the Iranian port of Chabahar be a bridge between Kabul and New Delhi?

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during the inauguration of an extension of the port of Chabahar on the Gulf of Oman on Dec. 3, 2017. (AP) March 11, 2019 Last month, Afghanistan took a detour to ship goods to India. Instead of using a land route via Pakistan, the inaugural convoy of 23 trucks [...]

By |March 11th, 2019|Afghanistan, India, Pakistan|

Chabahar Port deal threatens to capsize Iran sanctions

Indian PM Modi and Iranian president Rouhani signed a historic deal with Iran to develop the Chabahar port. (AFP) By Varsha Koduvayur and Andrew Gabel March 9, 2019 Afghanistan sent India its first exports last week through southeastern Iran’s Chabahar port, which the Trump administration has exempted from U.S. sanctions in order to facilitate Afghan reconstruction efforts. [...]

By |March 9th, 2019|Afghanistan, India, Pakistan|

Senior Iranian official: foreign Shiite militias to fight in Iran if Islamic Republic in danger

The head of the Tehran Islamic Revolution Courts Hojjat ol-Eslam Musa Qazanfar-Abadi. (Supplied) By Amir Toumaj March 9, 2019 On March 6, Hojjat ol-Eslam Musa Qazanfar-Abadi, the head of the Tehran Islamic Revolution Courts, said the Islamic Republic would deploy non-Iranian Shiite militias in Iran if the system faces danger of downfall. “If we do not [...]

By |March 9th, 2019|Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen|

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|