• Araqchi - Rabbani 2018-09-16 01:26

    Tehran, Kabul explore ways to deepen ties 

    TEHRAN – At a meeting between Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on Thursday, Tehran and Kabul pledged to deepen ties in various arenas including water sharing. 

  • Iran-India-Afghanistan 2018-09-13 10:37

    Iran, India, Afghanistan hold trilateral talks

    TEHRAN - Taking their partnership to the next level, India, Iran and Afghanistan held their first tripartite meeting on Tuesday in Kabul during which implementation of the strategic Chabahar port project and a host of other issues were discussed, according to reports.

  • Close co-op with Afghanistan necessary to fight terror: Araqchi 2018-09-12 10:04

    Close co-op with Afghanistan necessary to fight terror: Araqchi

    TEHRAN – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi on Tuesday underlined the necessity of close cooperation with Afghanistan in the war on terrorism, saying Tehran attaches great importance to the stability and security of its neighbors.

  • Afghan war 2018-09-11 09:48

    ‘U.S. govt. misleading people on Afghan war’

    TEHRAN - A scathing report that indicts the U.S. government for its failure in Afghanistan despite 17 years of war and investment worth billions of dollars has blasted Trump administration for misleading the people of America on facts about war in Afghanistan.

  • Mattis in Kabul 2018-09-09 06:45

    Mattis makes unannounced visit to Kabul

    TEHRAN - After visiting Pakistan and India, the U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis made an unannounced, whirlwind visit to Kabul on Friday, a day after deadly bombings at a sports center claimed dozens of lives.

  • U.S. commander to Afghanistan 2018-09-06 00:37

    Time to end Afghan war, says U.S. commander

    TEHRAN - Bearing testimony to America’s failures in Afghanistan, the outgoing commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan Gen. John W. Nicholson urged all sides to bring an end to the protracted war.

  • Jalaluddin Haqqani 2018/09/06

    By: Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Life, death and legacy of U.S. ally turned foe Haqqani

    TEHRAN - The death of Jalaluddin Haqqani, the patriarch of the dreaded militant group Haqqani Network, has generated a palpable buzz and made international headlines. The announcement was made by the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid on Tuesday, hailing him as a “religious scholar and exemplary warrior”, even though Afghan officials insist that he had been dead for at least four years.

  • Afghan refugees 2018-09-05 21:29

    Iran needs more help to support Afghan refugees – UNHCR chief

    Iran continues to set a global example through its progressive and inclusive refugee policies, but the country needs more support hosting one of the largest refugee populations in the world, said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi during a three-day visit.

  • Herat governor hails Iran’s hospitality to Afghan refugees 2018-09-05 09:39

    Herat governor hails Iran’s hospitality to Afghan refugees

    TEHRAN – Mohammad Asif Rahimi, the governor of Herat, on Tuesday praised Iran’s kind hospitality to the Afghan refugees over the past forty years, saying Iran and Afghanistan enjoy friendly relations.

  • U.S. Commander in Afghanistan 2018-09-04 10:44

    New commander for U.S. forces in Afghanistan

    TEHRAN - In a significant move at a time when the U.S. is facing defeat in its longest war in Afghanistan, U.S. Army General Scott Miller has assumed command of U.S. and NATO forces in the war-ravaged country

  • Afghanistan 2018-09-02 09:44

    China not to deploy troops to Afghanistan

    TEHRAN - China has denied reports that it plans to deploy troops to Afghanistan, saying the neighboring countries are engaged merely in “normal military and security cooperation.”

  • Negotiating Hamoun water right, only way for Sistan to survive: report 2018-08-29 09:30

    Negotiating Hamoun water right, only way for Sistan to survive: report

    TEHRAN – As long as sand and dust storms (SDSs) severely threatens the lives of people and affects many sectors of agriculture, livestock and industry in Sistan region, southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, the only way to halt the impacts is to negotiate with Afghanistan on granting the water right of Hamoun wetland, IRNA reported on Monday.

  • Iran-Afghanistan 2018-08-29 09:12

    Iranian, Afghan border provinces sign cooperation agreement

    TEHRAN – Iran’s South Khorasan Province and Farah Province of Afghanistan signed a memorandum of understanding on joint economic, cultural and security cooperation.

  • ISIS 2018-08-28 10:04

    ISIS leader in Afghanistan killed in air raid

    TEHRAN - The leader of ISIS in Afghanistan was killed in air strikes in eastern Nangarhar province, the fourth head of the terrorist group to be killed since it gained foothold in the country almost four years ago.

  • Mona Hossaini 2018/08/28

    By Mona Hossaini

    Women's critical role in Afghan peace process

    TEHRAN - The contemporary history of the South Asian region nearly always had a substantial component of conflict. Some examples include the India-Pakistan conflict over Kashmir that has been ongoing since 1947; the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war; civil war and rise of insurgency and conflict in Nepal; and the ethnic conflict and insurgency in Sri Lanka, among others.

  • Shafeek Seddiq 2018-08-26 10:06

    By: Syed Zafar Mehdi

    ‘Peace talks with Taliban are not feasible without Afghan government leading it’

    The security situation continues to worsen in war-ravaged Afghanistan with a spate of terror attacks in recent months. The Afghan government and the Taliban observed an unprecedented three-day ceasefire on Eid al Fitr but it turned out to be a lull before the storm. This week, to mark Eid al Azha, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who has been under tremendous pressure, again announced conditional ceasefire but the Taliban has not responded to it.

  • power 2018-08-26 09:33

    Iran resumes electricity exports to Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan

    TEHRAN- Iran’s Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian announced on Saturday that after resolving domestic power outage problems, Iran has resumed exports of electricity to its neighbor countries Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, IRNA reported.

  • Imran Khan - Ashraf Ghani 2018-08-21 09:40

    Khan wants to engage with Kabul for regional peace

    TEHRAN - Felicitating Afghanistan on its 99th Independence Day, Pakistan’s newly-elected Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that he is looking forward to engage with Kabul for promoting peace, stability and prosperity of the two countries.

  • Afghanistan Independence Day 2018-08-21 09:01

    Afghanistan marks 99th Independence Day

    TEHRNA - Afghanistan marked the 99th anniversary of its independence from the erstwhile British empire on Sunday. Many functions were held in Kabul and provincial capitals to commemorate the occasion.

  • Basir Ahang 2018-08-21 08:57

    By: Syed Zafar Mehdi

    U.S. and NATO neglect Afghan Shia massacres

    TEHRAN - As the security situation in Afghanistan deteriorates, the government in Kabul is finding itself in troubled waters. According to the UN, civilian deaths recorded a new high in the first half of this year. Meanwhile, the targeted attacks on Hazara Shias of Afghanistan also continue unabated.

  • Kabul 2018/08/18

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Kabul school attack underscores threat to Afghanistan’s future

    “How could they attack a classroom,” a friend asked, noticeably angry and outraged. There are no easy answers to that. A human mind cannot come to terms with the atrociousness of such horrendous crimes against humanity. Barging inside a packed classroom and blowing up young school children is no chivalry. It is an act of cowardice and spinelessness. The victims were not carrying arms and they were not on the frontlines of war. They were inside a classroom, preparing for university entrance examination.

  • Taliban 2018-08-16 13:19

    Afghan forces take back Ghazni, but Faryab falls

    TEHRAN - Afghan government forces regained control of the embattled city of Ghazni on Tuesday, after five days of intense fighting with the Taliban, which led to the killing of hundreds of people, according to officials.

  • Taliban 2018/08/14

    By: Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Taliban overruns Ghazni city, Afghan and U.S. officials clueless

    TEHRAN - Barely a week after the U.S. officials reportedly held ‘secret talks’ with the Taliban in Qatar, the insurgent group has launched a series of coordinated attacks in multiple provinces across Afghanistan. According to media reports, more than 200 Afghan security personnel have been killed over the past four days in fighting with the Taliban in three different provinces – Ghazni, Faryab and Baghlan.

  • Taliban 2018-08-14 11:11

    Taliban and Afghan forces fight for control over Afghanistan’s strategic city

    TEHRAN - Four days after the intense fighting between the Taliban and Afghan government forces in the strategic southeastern city of Ghazni, more than 200 Afghan police officers and soldiers have been killed so far. Hospitals are packed with wounded civilians, including women and children, and roads on the city outskirts have been reportedly manned by the Taliban to prevent the arrival of military reinforcements.

  • Taliban 2018-08-14 11:09

    Taliban delegation meets top Uzbek govt. officials

    TEHRAN - In a significant development that underscores the growing clout of the Taliban, a delegation from the militant group reportedly met officials in Uzbekistan last week to discuss issues related to transport and power lines and peace in Afghanistan.

  • Taliban 2018-08-09 12:49

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    ‘Talks’ between Taliban and U.S. an exercise in futility

    If reports in the Afghan and international media are to be believed, the first round of ‘preliminary talks’ between the U.S. and the Taliban were held last week in Doha.

  • U.S. airstrike kills dozen Afghan security forces 2018-08-09 12:42

    U.S. airstrike kills dozen Afghan security forces

    At least a dozen Afghan security forces were killed in a U.S. airstrike during intense fighting with the Taliban at the outskirts of Kabul, Afghan officials said on Tuesday, reviving debate over the accuracy of U.S. airstrikes in the war-ravaged country.

  • ISIS 2018-08-07 11:26

    Surrendered ISIS fighters in Afghanistan to get amnesty

    TEHRAN - SIS-Khorasan fighters who ‘surrendered’ to Afghan security forces earlier this week in northern Afghanistan’s Jawzjan province may be granted amnesty by the Afghan government, according to reports.

  • Afghanistan 2018-08-07 11:02

    ISIS war against Shias in Afghanistan gathers momentum

    TEHRAN - With heavy hearts and moist eyes, mourners laid to rest the victims of twin suicide attack on a Shia mosque in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday. The death toll in the deadly attack, according to local officials, was 35.

  • Ashraf Ghani 2018-08-05 10:37

    Amid surge in violence, Afghanistan sets date for 2019 presidential election

    TEHRAN - Afghan authorities have announced April 20, 2019 as the date for next presidential election, when the five-year term of President Ashraf Ghani-led national unity government (NUG) comes to an end.