Iranian Sunni cleric’s human rights award withdrawn for supporting the Taliban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that its 2014 award presented to Molavi Abdol Hamid, the Sunni Muslim leader for Friday prayers in Zahedan, will be withdrawn because for his support of the Taliban.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|

Turkey building border wall as more afghan refugees arrive from Iran

A Turkish soldier stands at Iran-Turkey border. (Reuters ) August 19, 2021 Fearing a new refugee crisis, Turkey is reinforcing its border with Iran to stop a potential influx of Afghans fleeing following the Taliban's seizure of power in Afghanistan. Irregular arrivals are already up as Afghans who fled weeks and months ago [...]

By |August 19th, 2021|Afghanistan, Turkey|

Iran orders its forces to prevent Afghans from crossing the border

Over the past four decades up to three million Afghans have fled war and poverty and chose residence in Iran. (AP) August 19, 2021 Iran’s interior ministry has ordered border guards on Wednesday to turn away refugees trying to cross the border from Afghanistan, after the Taliban victory led many Afghans to try [...]

By |August 19th, 2021|Afghanistan|

Taliban control creates new risk for the region: clashes with India or Iran

Taliban fighters sit on a vehicle along the street in Jalalabad province, Afghanistan, on Aug. 15, 2021. (AFP) By Hayat Alvi August 18, 2021 Now that the Taliban have taken over Afghanistan, 20 years after the 9/11 attacks and the U.S. military campaign that had removed them from power, the balance of power has shifted [...]

By |August 18th, 2021|Afghanistan, India|

Iranian economist says ties with Afghanistan help defeat US sanctions

Members of the Taliban delegation attend the opening session of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in the Qatari capital Doha, Sept. 12, 2020. (AFP) August 18, 2021 The Islamic Republic of Iran and the Taliban government in Afghanistan have shared economic interests and interdependence, a well-known Iranian economic [...]

By |August 18th, 2021|Afghanistan, North America, USA|