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Was a Ukrainian plane hijacked by Iran? Confusion as contradicting reports emerge

The minister said the hijackers were armed but didn't say anything else about the plane and who was on it. (Getty) August 26, 2021 Iran and Ukraine have denied reports from Kyiv on Tuesday that a Ukrainian plane was hijacked by armed militants after it landed in Kabul over the weekend, who then [...]

By |August 26th, 2021|Afghanistan, Europe|

Afghan private airline sends planes to Iranian airports for safety

Imam Khomeini International Airport. Tehran. Undated. (Supplied) August 26, 2021 Afghanistan KAM Air private airline has asked the Islamic Republic to transfer some of its planes to Iran amid chaos and threats in Kabul’s international airport, the spokesman of Iran’s civil aviation agency said Thursday. Mohammad-Hassan Zibakhsh was quoted by the Iranian Student News [...]

By |August 26th, 2021|Afghanistan|

The paradox of the relationship between Tehran and the Taliban

Iranian FM Javad Zarif (R) is shown meeting with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (C) of the Taliban in Tehran, Jan 31. (AFP) By Track Persia August 25, 2021 The Iranian regime is one the first regimes that publicly cheered the victory of the Taliban over the United States after the latter has started [...]

By |August 25th, 2021|Afghanistan|

Khamenei attempts to exploit Afghan crisis to gain advantage in JCPOA talks

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a meeting in Tehran on October 18, 2017. (Reuters) By Cyrus Yaqubi August 25, 2021 The fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban and the turmoil that has shocked the world over has given the Iranian regime an opportunity to use it to put pressure on the West, and especially [...]

By |August 25th, 2021|Afghanistan, North America, USA|

Iranian Sunni cleric’s human rights award withdrawn for supporting the Taliban

Molavi Abdol Hamid, the Sunni Muslim leader for Friday prayers in Zahedan. (Supplied) August 24, 2021 The Human Rights Defenders Center has issued a statement announcing that its 2014 award presented to Molavi Abdol Hamid, the Sunni Muslim leader for Friday prayers in Zahedan, will be withdrawn because for his support of the Taliban. The statement, dated August 24, said the group rejected Abdol [...]

By |August 24th, 2021|Afghanistan, Minorities|

Iranian refugee artist ‘trapped’ in Taliban’s Afghanistan

Dissident artist Homayoon Zarian fled Iran after spending more than a year in jail and ended up living as an asylum seeker in Afghanistan for seven years. (IranWire) By Daniel Dayan August 24, 2021 Asylum law in Afghanistan was never ratified by the Afghan parliament before the Taliban’s takeover in mid-August. The only [...]

By |August 24th, 2021|Afghanistan, Arts|

Ukrainian evacuation plane hijacked in Afghanistan, diverted to Iran: Reports

A plane prepares to land at Mehrabad airport in Tehran on January 18, 2016. (AFP) August 24, 2021 Armed hijackers took control of a Ukrainian plane and flew it to Iran after it arrived in Afghanistan to evacuate Ukrainians, Russian news agency TASS reported on Tuesday, citing Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister. “Last Sunday, [...]

By |August 24th, 2021|Afghanistan, Europe|

Iran resumes fuel exports to Afghanistan after Taliban request, union says

A car pasts behind a oil prices board d at Ahmad Yar Group fuel station shows on outskirt of Kabul, Afghanistan January 27, 2016. (REUTERS) August 23, 2021 Iran restarted exports of gasoline and gasoil to Afghanistan a few days ago, following a request from the Taliban, Iran's Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Products [...]

By |August 23rd, 2021|Afghanistan|

China, Iran swarm over Afghanistan commodities with US out

A U.S. Chinook helicopter flies over the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. (AP) By Phil Flynn August 21, 2021 America's chaotic retreat from Afghanistan has left U.S. taxpayers with billions of unpaid bills and is going to give China and Iran the spoils of war. While US citizens in the country were waiting [...]

By |August 21st, 2021|Afghanistan, East Asia, North America, USA|

Iran’s Interior Ministry: Afghan refugees will be turned back at the border

Internally displaced Afghan families sit in the courtyard of the Wazir Akbar Khan mosque in Kabul on August 13, 2021. (AFP) August 19, 2021 The Iranian provinces of South Khorasan, Sistan and Baluchistan and Razavi Khorasan have been ordered by Iranian officials to turn back fleeing Afghans on the border. The move was announced Hossein [...]

By |August 19th, 2021|Afghanistan|