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|

Iran deports thousands of Afghan refugees, UN agency says

Internally displaced Afghan families sit in the courtyard of the Wazir Akbar Khan mosque in Kabul on August 13, 2021. (AFP) November 13, 2021 Iran is deporting thousands of Afghan refugees who fled the Taliban, including more than 28,000 in the last week of October, the UN’s migration agency said. The International Organization [...]

By |November 13th, 2021|Afghanistan|

Aid group: Up to 5,000 Afghan refugees a day entering Iran

Norwegian Refugee Council’s secretary general Jan Egeland visits Afghan refugees in Bardsir settlement in Iran’s southern province of Kerman. (AFP) November 11, 2021 Up to 5,000 Afghan refugees a day are crossing into neighboring Iran, compounding the already heavy burden it faces hosting an estimated 3.6 million Afghans, a relief group said Wednesday. [...]

By |November 11th, 2021|Afghanistan|

Eyewitnesses: Iranian border guards gunned down Afghan women and children

Displaced Afghan families sit in the courtyard of the Wazir Akbar Khan mosque in Kabul on August 13, 2021. (AFP) October 30, 2021 Afghan refugees trying to enter Iran have been indiscriminately shot at by border guards and many have been killed, IranWire has been told. Two eyewitnesses said that at the time [...]

By |October 30th, 2021|Afghanistan|

China, Russia, Iran and Pakistan move to create united front on Afghanistan

Taliban fighters are pictured in the Shindand district of Herat province. (AP) By Tom O'Connor October 29, 2021 China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan and others in the region surrounding Afghanistan have set out to establish unity in confronting the crises enveloping the nation since the U.S. military withdrawal. In their second such meeting, the senior [...]

By |October 29th, 2021|Afghanistan, East Asia, Pakistan, Russia|