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Afghan migrants could face ‘shocking’ punishments in Iran under draft law

Thousands of Afghan refugees re-enter Afghanistan at the Islam Qala border crossing with Iran, March 18, 2020. (AP) By Frud Bezhan December 3, 2020 Iranian lawmakers have proposed new legislation that would impose severe prison terms on undocumented migrants and allow security officers to shoot at vehicles suspected of carrying them. The move would [...]

By |December 3rd, 2020|Afghanistan|

An Afghan’s horrifying memory of a refugee camp in Iran

An Afghan child plays with a balloon at the Shahid Nasseri refugee camp in Taraz Nahid village near the city of Saveh in Iran, Feb 8, 2015. (AP) By Bagher Ebrahimi November 24, 2020 In recent years, thousands of Afghan refugees in Iran have been rounded up and sent to holding facilities on the [...]

By |November 24th, 2020|Afghanistan|

Afghan guards seize Iranian explosives ‘hidden in potato truck’

The consignment comprised of “1,800 kg of explosives, hidden beneath a truck laden with potatoes. (Supplied) November 16, 2020 Border guards in southwestern Afghanistan have seized about 1,800 kg of explosives allegedly smuggled into the country from neighboring Iran in a “truck laden with potatoes,” local officials told Arab News on Sunday. The [...]

By |November 16th, 2020|Afghanistan|

At least 22 killed at Kabul University during Iranian book fair

At least 22 people were killed and two dozen more injured after ISIS gunmen stormed Kabul University, Nov 3, 2020. (Supplied) November 3, 2020 Today has been declared a day of national mourning by the Afghan government after gunmen stormed Kabul University and opened fire, killing at least 22 people and injuring around two [...]

By |November 3rd, 2020|Afghanistan|

Afghanistan’s top negotiator in Iran amid peace talks with Taliban

Afghan security forces patrol, after recapturing control of the city from Taliban militants, in Farah, Afghanistan, on May 19. (AFP) October 19, 2020 Afghanistan’s top peace negotiator has arrived in neighboring Iran as intra-Afghan peace negotiations are under way in the Gulf state of Qatar. Negotiators from the Afghan government and the Taliban [...]

By |October 19th, 2020|Afghanistan|

Iranian fruit smuggled through Afghan border upsets Pakistan apple cart

Pakistani vendors sell apples on a roadside stall in Killa Abdullah, a district in the northwest of Balochistan province on August 29, 2017. (AFP) October 15, 2020 Growers in the southwestern Balochistan province, where over 85 percent of Pakistan’s apples are produced, say the smuggling of Iranian apples into the country through the [...]

By |October 15th, 2020|Afghanistan, Pakistan|

Taliban tell Iran not to interfere in Afghan peace process

A Taliban delegation in the Irianian capital as part of a series of negotiations, Dec 30, 2018. (AFP) October 12, 2020 The Taliban have said it is none of Iran’s business to advise the Afghans on their ongoing peace talks, after the Iranian foreign ministry questioned the US role in process. As negotiations [...]

By |October 12th, 2020|Afghanistan|

Pakistan to establish 18 markets on Afghanistan, Iran borders to boost trade, curb smuggling

Pakistani soldiers wearing facemasks stand guard at the closed Pakistan-Iran border in Taftan on February 25, 2020. (AFP) September 19, 2020 The Pakistan government has decided to set up markets along its borders with neighboring Afghanistan and Iran to boost trade opportunities, foster peace and check smuggling, the commerce ministry said on Friday. [...]

By |September 19th, 2020|Afghanistan, Pakistan|

IRGC-led Afghan group holds first ‘international conference’ in Iran

The Fatemiyoun Division while celebrating the Iranian revolution anniversary. (Supplied) By Amir Toumaj September 18, 2020 The Afghan paramilitary group Fatemiyoun Division, which answers to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), held its first “international conference,” an ideological indoctrination gathering, on Aug. 13 at the Imam Reza shrine in Mashhad, Iran. The Fatemiyoun’s Media Center has [...]

By |September 18th, 2020|Afghanistan, Syria|

IRGC-controlled Afghan group loses fighter to COVID-19

Afghan fighters with the Fatimiyoun Brigade in Syria. (AP) August 27, 2020 An Afghan paramilitary group that answers to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the Fatemiyoun Division, announced on Aug. 16 that one of its fighters has died as a result of COVID-19. That statement appears to be the first official confirmation [...]

By |August 27th, 2020|Afghanistan, Syria|