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Pakistan, Turkey, Armenia close Iranian border, Afghanistan bans travel over coronavirus fears

Iranian women wearing protective masks walk in a street in the capital Tehran on February 20, 2020. (AFP) February 24, 2020 Pakistan has sealed its Taftan border and stopped pilgrims from traveling via the crossing to Iran after six coronavirus deaths were reported in the neighboring country, officials told Arab News on Sunday. [...]

By |February 24th, 2020|Afghanistan, Europe, Pakistan, Turkey|

How will Iran retaliate against US in Afghanistan?

Iranian IRGC members carry a coffin of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani during a funeral procession in Tehran, Iran January 6, 2020. (Reuters) By Bashir Safi February 21, 2020 After a U.S. strike killed Iran’s Quds Force commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a notorious proxy chief, the country’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei warned of “severe retaliation against Americans.” Swiftly, [...]

By |February 21st, 2020|Afghanistan, North America, USA|

Iran supplying Taliban with missiles, says Afghan security official

Afghan National Army (ANA) keep watch at a check post in Chaparhar district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan May 24, 2017. (REUTERS) February 20, 2020 Iran has supplied the Taliban with anti-aircraft missiles, the police chief of Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province said on Tuesday. Iran has supplied Taliban fighters in Afghanistan’s western province of Farah with [...]

By |February 20th, 2020|Afghanistan|

Iran’s November gas price hike fails to ease fuel smuggling to Pakistan

A gas station that was burned during protests that followed authorities' decision to raise gasoline prices, in Tehran, Iran, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP) February 17, 2020 Iran’s Islamist rulers, who sparked deadly domestic unrest by raising gas prices in November, say their controversial move also has failed to ease fuel smuggling into neighboring [...]

By |February 17th, 2020|Afghanistan, Pakistan|

Top commander sees increased Iran threat in Afghanistan

Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., commander of the US Central Command, in Capitol Hill, Washington, Dec 4, 2018. (AFP) January 31, 2020 There has been an increase in Iranian activity in Afghanistan that poses a risk to American and coalition troops there, a senior U..S. commander said, as the threat [...]

By |January 31st, 2020|Afghanistan, North America, USA|

Balochistan to set up markets in frontier region with Iran, Afghanistan

Iran road sign near the Pakistan Iran Border. (IRNA) January 23, 2020 Balochistan’s provincial administration plans to open border markets near Iran and Afghanistan to ensure the socio-economic development of the frontier region and curb criminal activities, such as drug trafficking and terrorism, in the area, authorities said on Wednesday. Balochistan, the southwestern [...]

By |January 23rd, 2020|Afghanistan, Pakistan|

Countries demand Iran compensate relatives of plane-crash victims

The foreign ministers of Canada, Ukraine, Sweden, Afghanistan and Britain during a press conference in London after a meeting about the Ukraine International flight which crashed in Iran, January 16, 2020. (AFP) January 17, 2020 Five countries whose citizens died when Iran shot down an airliner last week said on Thursday that Tehran [...]

By |January 17th, 2020|Afghanistan, Europe, North America|

Federal lawsuits target both Iran and private firms for allegedly financing Taliban and Al-Qaeda operations that killed U.S. troops

Taliban fighters in the Shindand district of Herat province, May 27, 2016. (AP) By Toby Dershowitz and Talia Katz January 15, 2020 On December 27, 2019, more than 500 members of American military families, including over 100 Gold Star families, filed two lawsuits: one against the Islamic Republic of Iran, and another against eight multinational companies that operate in Afghanistan. The pair of lawsuits alleges that the [...]

By |January 15th, 2020|Afghanistan, North America, USA|

Iran faces legal action over downed Ukraine jet

Ukraine International Airlines' Boeing 737-800 plane wreckage is seen in a picture from investigation team in Tehran, Jan 11, 2020. (Reuters) January 14, 2020 Iran faces international legal action by five countries whose citizens it killed when it shot down a passenger jet. Foreign ministers from Ukraine, Canada, Sweden, Afghanistan and the UK [...]

By |January 14th, 2020|Afghanistan, Europe, North America|

Will Soleimani’s death intensify the Iran-US proxy war in Afghanistan?

A Quds Force regiment made up of Afghan soldiers fighting for Iran has pledged to be at the “forefront of the harsh revenge” for the assassination of Ghasem Soleimani. (Press TV) January 8, 2020 A Quds Force regiment made up of Afghan soldiers fighting for Iran has pledged to be at the “forefront [...]

By |January 8th, 2020|Afghanistan, North America, USA|