Iranian foreign minister’s remarks ‘irresponsible,’ could harm Kabul-Tehran ties — Afghan Taliban

Iranian FM Javad Zarif wears a protective mask and gloves during a cabinet meeting in Tehran, March 11, 2020. (AFP) December 23, 2020 An Afghan Taliban spokesman on Tuesday rejected the Iranian foreign minister’s remarks in a recent interview calling the Taliban a “terrorist group,” saying Mohammad Javad Zarif’s statement had the potential [...]

By |December 23rd, 2020|Afghanistan|

Afghan analysts say Tehran provoking sectarianism by suggesting Iranian militia ‘help’ Kabul fight Daesh

The Fatemiyoun Division while celebrating the Iranian revolution anniversary. (Al Arabiya) December 21, 2020 Senior Afghan analysts on Sunday slammed comments made by the Iranian foreign minister, where he suggested fighters from Fatemiyoun, an Iranian militia made up of Afghan Shia migrants, could ‘help’ in Kabul’s fight against Daesh. The Fatemiyoun Division is [...]

By |December 21st, 2020|Afghanistan|

Iran says will soon sign ‘comprehensive cooperation agreement’ with Afghanistan

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi. (YJC) December 14, 2020 Iran’s deputy foreign minister for political affairs Abbas Araghchi announced that Tehran and Kabul will soon sign a “comprehensive strategic cooperation agreement”. He said four parts of the five-part deal have been agreed upon. The security aspect of the agreement is what remains [...]

By |December 14th, 2020|Afghanistan|

Iran, Afghanistan open first rail link with eye on trade

A train moves during the inauguration of a 140-kilometer (90-mile) line running from eastern Iran into western Afghanistan, at a railroad station in Khaf, Iran, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. (AP) December 10, 2020 The leaders of Iran and Afghanistan on Thursday inaugurated the first railway link between the two countries, expressing hope it [...]

By |December 10th, 2020|Afghanistan|

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|