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|

West labeled ‘terrorism state sponsor’ Iran lectures Afghanistan on fighting terror

Iranian FM Hossein Amir Abdollahian listens to question during his news conference in Moscow. (AP) September 6, 2021 Iran, a country labelled by the US and Europe as a state sponsor of terrorism, urged Afghanistan to ensure the country fought terrorism. Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian stressed “the necessity of continuing the fight [...]

By |September 6th, 2021|Afghanistan|

Some Iranians point to Tehran’s ‘hypocrisy’ over Afghan resistance

Afghans participate in a protest march against the “Taliban” in the Iranian city of Qom. (Shafaqna) September 4, 2021 Nearly two weeks after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and a week after resistance against the Taliban started in the tiny Panjshir region in north-eastern Afghanistan, criticism of the government by Iranians and Afghans [...]

By |September 4th, 2021|Afghanistan|

Iran-Afghan trade has murky future under Taliban

There is no doubt that in the short term the rise of the Taliban will be a negative blow to Iran-Afghan trade. (Reuters) By Bijan Khajehpour September 3, 2021 The Taliban's rapid takeover of Afghanistan has raised major questions about what comes next for Iran-Afghan ties. The turmoil in Iran's eastern neighbor — one [...]

By |September 3rd, 2021|Afghanistan|

Taliban reportedly deliver American military hardware to Iran

Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers patrol the area near a checkpoint recaptured from the Taliban, in the Alishing district of Laghman province, Afghanistan July 8, 2021. (REUTERS) September 2, 2021 Reports and images on social media received from Iran indicate that tanks and military vehicles which belonged to the Afghan army were seen in Tehran and [...]

By |September 2nd, 2021|Afghanistan, North America, USA|

Iran’s game in Afghanistan should worry the West

Taliban fighters are pictured in a vehicle along the roadside in Herat, Afghanistan, Aug 10, 2021. (Stock image) By Saeid Golkar and Kasra Aarabi September 1, 2021 For the past 42 years, Iran’s clerical regime has been unsuccessful in its attempts to expand its presence in Afghanistan, but the Taliban’s takeover promises to [...]

By |September 1st, 2021|Afghanistan, Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

Taliban to follow Iran model, appoint Supreme Leader as highest authority

Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada is seen in an undated photograph, posted on a Taliban Twitter feed on May 25, 2016. (Reuters) September 1, 2021 The Taliban are designing a government based on Iran’s model through appointing the group’s leader Hibatullah Akhundzada as the Supreme Leader of Afghanistan, CNN-News18 reported on Tuesday. While Iran has [...]

By |September 1st, 2021|Afghanistan|