Pakistan seals borders with Afghanistan, Iran

People queue in line to receive protection packages for COVID-19 coronavirus disease provided by the Basij, a militia loyal to Iran's Islamic republic establishment. March 12, 2020. (AFP) March 13, 2020 Pakistan’s National Security Council (NSC) announced on Friday it will seal the country’s borders with Afghanistan and Iran for two weeks to [...]

By |March 13th, 2020|Afghanistan, Pakistan|

Iran’s virus outbreak driving out Afghans in ‘dramatic’ numbers

Truck drivers sit on a road near the closed Pakistan-Iran border in Taftan on Feb. 25, 2020 as fears over the spread of coronavirus escalate following an outbreak in neighbouring Iran. (AFP) March 13, 2020 Iran’s worsening coronavirus outbreak is driving some of the country’s millions of Afghan migrants and refugees to return [...]

By |March 13th, 2020|Afghanistan|

Iran buries 21 Afghan, Pakistani proxy fighters killed in Syria

IRGC has sent thousands of Afghans and Pakistani fighters to fight in Syria. (Supplied) March 2, 2020 In intense clashes taking place in Syria’s Idlib province in recent days 21 members of Iran-backed Afghan and Pakistani militias were killed, Qom News an Iranian website has reported. The report says 18 members of Pakistani [...]

By |March 2nd, 2020|Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Turkey|

US watching ‘closely’ to see if Iran tries to undermine peace in Afghanistan

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, May 23, 2018. (Reuters) February 29, 2020 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday warned Iran not to scuttle an upcoming agreement with the Taliban, accusing the US adversary of seeking to be a “spoiler.” Pompeo confirmed that a one-week partial truce was holding with the Taliban, who are [...]

By |February 29th, 2020|Afghanistan, North America, USA|

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|