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|

Taliban tell Iran not to interfere in Afghan peace process

A Taliban delegation in the Irianian capital as part of a series of negotiations, Dec 30, 2018. (AFP) October 12, 2020 The Taliban have said it is none of Iran’s business to advise the Afghans on their ongoing peace talks, after the Iranian foreign ministry questioned the US role in process. As negotiations [...]

By |October 12th, 2020|Afghanistan|

Pakistan to establish 18 markets on Afghanistan, Iran borders to boost trade, curb smuggling

Pakistani soldiers wearing facemasks stand guard at the closed Pakistan-Iran border in Taftan on February 25, 2020. (AFP) September 19, 2020 The Pakistan government has decided to set up markets along its borders with neighboring Afghanistan and Iran to boost trade opportunities, foster peace and check smuggling, the commerce ministry said on Friday. [...]

By |September 19th, 2020|Afghanistan, Pakistan|

IRGC-led Afghan group holds first ‘international conference’ in Iran

The Fatemiyoun Division while celebrating the Iranian revolution anniversary. (Supplied) By Amir Toumaj September 18, 2020 The Afghan paramilitary group Fatemiyoun Division, which answers to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), held its first “international conference,” an ideological indoctrination gathering, on Aug. 13 at the Imam Reza shrine in Mashhad, Iran. The Fatemiyoun’s Media Center has [...]

By |September 18th, 2020|Afghanistan, Syria|

IRGC-controlled Afghan group loses fighter to COVID-19

Afghan fighters with the Fatimiyoun Brigade in Syria. (AP) August 27, 2020 An Afghan paramilitary group that answers to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the Fatemiyoun Division, announced on Aug. 16 that one of its fighters has died as a result of COVID-19. That statement appears to be the first official confirmation [...]

By |August 27th, 2020|Afghanistan, Syria|

US intelligence indicates Iran paid bounties to Taliban for targeting American troops in Afghanistan

U.S. troops assess the damage after an attack in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in August 2017. (Reuters) By Zachary Cohen August 17, 2020 US intelligence agencies assessed that Iran offered bounties to Taliban fighters for targeting American and coalition troops in Afghanistan, identifying payments linked to at least six attacks carried out by the militant group just [...]

By |August 17th, 2020|Afghanistan, North America, USA|

IRGC-led Afghan group releases Syria training camp video

Iranian-backed Afghan Fatemiyoun Brigade fighters in Syria. (Supplied) By Amir Toumaj August 17, 2020 On 4 August, US-designated terrorist group Fatemiyoun Division, a Shiite-Afghan paramilitary unit that answers to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, released an “exclusive” video of fighters undergoing “specialized” training at a camp in Syria. The exact date [...]

By |August 17th, 2020|Afghanistan, Syria|

Iran-backed Afghan militants vow to fight for annihilation of Israel

The leader of Bahrain's Shiites, Sheikh Issa Qassem addressing the Fatemiyoun gathering. August 13, 2020. (Fars) August 15, 2020 An Iran-backed Afghan militant group called the Fatemiyoun Brigade vowed on August 14 to carry out its fight until the “annihilation of Israel” and creating the “new Islamic civilization. The Fatemiyoun is made up [...]

By |August 15th, 2020|Afghanistan, Israel, Syria|

Kabul calls on Tehran to prevent pro-Taliban activities

Pro-Taliban Afghans wave group’s flag at the Mellat Park in Tehran, Aug 1, 2020. (Asharq Al-Awsat) August 4, 2020 Afghan Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Sadiq Siddiqui called on Iran Monday to prevent Taliban activities in Tehran, in the first comment after some Afghans were seen in pictures waving the Taliban flag at a park [...]

By |August 4th, 2020|Afghanistan|