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Iranian firefighters battle blaze at Afghan border post

Smoke rises from fuel tankers at the Islam Qala border with Iran, in Herat Province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 13, 2021. (AP) March 6, 2021 Firefighters from Iran raced to a border crossing with Afghanistan after three fuel storage tanks caught fire on Saturday, officials told Iranian media. Iran sent 10 fire [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Afghanistan|

Violence erupts on Iran-Afghanistan border over river clearance

Afghan security forces patrol, in Farah, Afghanistan, on May 19. (AFP) March 3, 2021 At noon on March 1, Afghan and Iranian border forces exchanged fire in Nimrouz province, southwestern Afghanistan. The conflict flared up over clearing equipment being used in the Helmand River. The river has always been a contentious issue in Afghanistan, where border [...]

By |March 3rd, 2021|Afghanistan|

Top US general warns Iran, says Taliban not breaking with al-Qaeda

U.S. troops assess the damage after an attack in Kandahar, Afghanistan, August 2017. (Reuters) February 25, 2021 The United States always reserves the right to respond to attacks “at a time and place of our choosing,” a senior US general said Wednesday, adding that “the memory and reach of the US are very long.” The [...]

By |February 25th, 2021|Afghanistan, Middle East, North America, USA|

Satellite images show fire devastation on Afghan-Iran border

A satellite photo from Planet Labs Inc. shows the aftermath of a massive fire at Islam Qala border crossing in Afghanistan's Herat province on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. (AP) February 16, 2021 Investigators began sifting through the ruins of a massive fire that destroyed hundreds of fuel tankers parked at a major crossing [...]

By |February 16th, 2021|Afghanistan|

Afghan fighter remembers exploitation and abuse by Iran in Syria

As many as 10,000 Afghan fighters may have been recruited by Iran's Revolutionary Guards. (SMO) By Daniel Dayan February 16, 2021 The stories of former members of the Fatemiyoun Brigade who fought in Syria on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Iran are redolent with violence and frustration. The Fatemiyoun Brigade is one [...]

By |February 16th, 2021|Afghanistan, Syria|

After 3 days, Afghan-Iran border blaze brought under control

Smoke rises from fuel tankers at the Islam Qala border with Iran, in Herat Province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 13, 2021. (AP) February 15, 2021 A massive fire that erupted when a fuel tanker exploded over the weekend at a major crossing in Afghanistan’s western Herat province on the Iranian border was [...]

By |February 15th, 2021|Afghanistan|

Probe launched into explosion of 100 fuel tankers on Afghanistan-Iran border

Smoke rises from fuel tankers at the Islam Qala border with Iran, in Herat Province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 13, 2021. (AP) February 15, 2021 At least 100 oil and gas tankers have been destroyed by an inferno at Afghanistan's biggest trade crossing with Iran, causing millions of dollars of losses, officials said [...]

By |February 15th, 2021|Afghanistan|

Fuel tanker explodes at Afghan-Iran border

Several trucks were engulfed in flames after the explosion, the report said. (Getty) February 13, 2021 A fuel tanker exploded Saturday at the Islam Qaleh crossing in Afghanistan’s western Herat province on the Iranian border, Iranian state TV reported. Several trucks were engulfed in flames after the explosion, the report said. It wasn’t [...]

By |February 13th, 2021|Afghanistan|

Afghan migrants in Iran get a simple choice: Fight in Syria or be deported

The Revolutionary Guards have sent not only young Afghans to fight in Syria, but also a number of Afghan children. (Supplied) By Daniel Dayan February 6, 2021 Thousands of Afghan nationals have joined the Fatemiyoun Brigade over the years, compelled either by promises made by the Islamic Republic or by their religious beliefs. This militant [...]

By |February 6th, 2021|Afghanistan, Syria|

Iran defends hosting Taliban delegation despite decades-old attacks in Afghanistan

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) is shown meeting with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (center) of the Taliban in Tehran in a photo from January 31. (AFP) By Golnaz Esfandiari February 4, 2021 Iran is defending its hosting of a senior Taliban delegation for an entire week in a move that analysts say is [...]

By |February 4th, 2021|Afghanistan|