Iran calls for release of Afghan funds during Taliban envoy’s visit

Afghans participate in a protest march against the “Taliban” in the Iranian city of Qom. (Shafaqna) January 10, 2022 The Taliban administration's acting foreign minister travelled to Iran to meet with his Iranian counterpart, who called for Afghan financial assets blocked since the Taliban takeover to be released for humanitarian purposes. A spokesman [...]

By |January 10th, 2022|Afghanistan|

Taliban FM visits Iran for talks on trade, border and refugees

The FM in Afghanistan's new Taliban-run cabinet, Amir Khan Muttaqi, gives a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sept 14, 2021. (AP) January 10, 2022 A delegation led by the Taliban foreign minister is in Iran to discuss border, economic and refugee issues, a senior foreign ministry official in Kabul said on Sunday. [...]

By |January 10th, 2022|Afghanistan|

Armed groups kill two IRGC men in southeastern Iran

Iranian Border Security soldiers in Sistan-Baluchestan, undated. (Tasnim) December 27, 2021 Two members of the Iran’s Revolutionary Guard have been killed in clashes with armed groups in the country's restive southeastern region, the military has said. The Qods (Quds) Base of IRGC ground force said on Sunday that the two were killed on [...]

By |December 27th, 2021|Afghanistan, Pakistan|

Rise in Afghan migrant deaths on the treacherous road to Iran

There had been reports of accidents involving vehicles that had illegally crossed the border, transporting refugees from both Afghanistan and Pakistan who were hoping to find work in Iran and Turkey. (Supplied) December 16, 2021 As many as 22 Afghan refugees have been killed in car accidents near the Iranian-Afghanistan border over the last week, [...]

By |December 16th, 2021|Afghanistan|

The Taliban are courting Iran and China, hoping to avoid blackouts if other countries cut off power to Afghanistan for non-payment

An Afghan man works on an electricity pole in Kabul February 9, 2010. (Reuters) December 8, 2021 The Taliban opened talks with Iran and China over electricity supplies with Afghanistan, a new attempt to stave off the possibility of a frigid winter without power. The state's embattled power company has struggled to repay [...]

By |December 8th, 2021|Afghanistan, East Asia|

Desperation drives thousands of Afghans a day across borders, most of them intend to stay in Iran

Deported Afghan migrants enter Afghanistan from Iran at the Islam Qala border crossing, Nov. 24, 2021. (AP) December 7, 2021 Over the course of an hour on a recent night, the bus waiting in the Herat station filled with passengers. Mostly young men, they had no luggage, just the clothes on their backs, [...]

By |December 7th, 2021|Afghanistan|

Taliban: Several Iranian guards dead after Nimroz border clashes

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the clashes were triggered by “a misunderstanding at the local level”. (AFP) December 3, 2021 Taliban authorities said on Thursday that Iranian forces had suffered at least nine casualties during clashes on the Afghanistan-Iran border after fuel smuggling attempts from the Iranian side. Fighting between the two countries’ [...]

By |December 3rd, 2021|Afghanistan|

Clashes over Iran-Afghanistan’s ‘border misunderstanding’ ended

Taliban fighters are pictured in a vehicle along the roadside in Herat, Afghanistan, Aug 10, 2021. (Stock image) December 1, 2021 Iran's border forces and Afghanistan's Taliban ended clashes over a "border misunderstanding" near the Afghan province of Nimroz, Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency said on Wednesday. "The clashes ended and Iran is [...]

By |December 1st, 2021|Afghanistan|

UN refugee agency calls on Iran to halt deportations of Afghans

Afghan women and children receive bread donations in Kabul's Old City, Afghanistan, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP) December 1, 2021 Afghans seeking to flee abroad face escalating risks as the domestic situation deteriorates, the United Nations refugee agency said on Wednesday in a plea to neighboring countries, including Iran, to open their borders even [...]

By |December 1st, 2021|Afghanistan|

Iran agrees to supply Afghanistan with electricity amid shortages: Reports

An Afghan man works on an electricity pole in Kabul February 9, 2010. (Reuters) November 15, 2021 The Taliban will buy electricity from Iran to address blackouts in the west of Afghanistan, Afghan channel TOLO News reported last week. A deal was reportedly signed by the country’s electricity company Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat [...]

By |November 15th, 2021|Afghanistan|