Iranian consulate in Herat hawking black-market visas to Afghans

Iranian Consulate in Herat province, Afghanistan. (IranWire) October 8, 2021 Three days before Kabul fell to the Taliban, on August 12, 2021, the Iranian Consulate in Herat province suspended the issuance of tourist visas for Afghan citizens. New visas were restricted to medical staff and those visiting Iran on business. On paper, anyway. In fact, [...]

By |October 8th, 2021|Afghanistan|

Taliban meet with UK, Iran delegations amid economic woes

Taliban fighters patrol inside the city of Farah, the capital of Farah province, southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug 2, 2021. (AP) October 6, 2021 Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders met Tuesday with U.K. officials for the first time since taking power, a move the group hopes will pave the way for the country to refill [...]

By |October 6th, 2021|Afghanistan, Europe|

India seizes $2.72 billion of Afghan heroin shipped from Iran

Indian policemen stand guard at the Central Investigation Bureau (CBI) office. (Reuters) September 22, 2021 Indian officials said on Tuesday they had seized nearly three tonnes of heroin originating from Afghanistan worth an estimated 200 billion rupees ($2.72 billion) amid the chaos following last month's takeover of the country by the Taliban. Afghanistan [...]

By |September 22nd, 2021|Afghanistan, India|

Pakistan, Iran leaders meet on Afghanistan

Afghan women and children receive bread donations in Kabul's Old City, Afghanistan, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP) September 17, 2021 Pakistan’s prime minister has met with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Afghanistan. The Foreign Ministry’s statement on Friday said the two leaders met on the sideline of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s meeting in Tajikistan’s [...]

By |September 17th, 2021|Afghanistan, Pakistan|

Ancient Afghan jewelry enters Iran’s black market, report says

A couple looks at jewelry in the gold market at Tehran's Grand Bazaar. (Los Angeles Times) September 17, 2021 A consignment of ancient jewelry has entered in Iran from Afghanistan and part of it has already been sold on the black market to a local buyer, a local website in Iran has reported. Sedaye Miras [...]

By |September 17th, 2021|Afghanistan|

Iran resumes passenger flights to Afghanistan

A plane from the Iranian private airline, Mahan Air. (AP) September 15, 2021 Passenger flights between Iran and Afghanistan resumed on Wednesday, Iran’s state-run al-Alam TV channel reported. An Iranian Mahan Air plane landed on Wednesday in Kabul with 19 passengers on board, coming from the city of Mashhad, it said. Regular passenger [...]

By |September 15th, 2021|Afghanistan|

Qatari FM visits Iran following Blinken’s Gulf trip and Taliban takeover

Qatari FM Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani speaks during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, March. 24, 2021. (AP) September 9, 2021 Qatar's foreign minister arrived in Tehran on Thursday and held talks with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani is visiting Iran two days after US Secretary [...]

By |September 9th, 2021|Afghanistan, North America, Qatar, USA|

Iranian police arrest anti-Taliban protesters outside Pakistan embassy

Afghans participate in a protest march against the “Taliban” in the Iranian city of Qom. (Shafaqna) September 9, 2021 Social media users have reported the arrest of dozens of protesters including several Iranian rights activists at an anti-Taliban protest rally Wednesday afternoon outside the Pakistan Embassy in Tehran. According to the Twitter account [...]

By |September 9th, 2021|Afghanistan, Pakistan|

Taliban deny foreign interference claims by Iran; Pakistan rejects role in Panjshir capture

Taliban took complete control of Panjshir, the only province out of 34 that their fighters had not seized during their blitzkrieg last month. (AFP) September 8, 2021 The Taliban on Tuesday rejected claims of foreign interference in their Panjshir Valley takeover, as Iran condemned the group’s capture of the last holdout Afghan province [...]

By |September 8th, 2021|Afghanistan, Pakistan|

As Taliban claim victory in Panjshir, Iran slams Pakistan military’s role

Taliban fighters sit on a vehicle along the street in Jalalabad province, Afghanistan, on Aug. 15, 2021. (AFP) September 7, 2021 Iran's Foreign Ministry’s Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has criticized Sunday evening’s aerial attacks on the Panjshir valley in northern Afghanistan allegedly carried out by Pakistan in support of the Taliban, who claimed Monday [...]

By |September 7th, 2021|Afghanistan, Pakistan|