• Afghanistan-India's national security advisers 2019-01-06 11:48

    The national security adviser of India, Afghanistan hold talks

    TEHRAN - Following the partial withdrawal of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, new alliances are taking shape between Afghanistan and its regional allies, paving way for new conversations.

  • Modi-Trump 2019-01-05 23:15

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Stung by ‘library’ remark, India lists Afghan projects to “educate” Trump

    TEHRAN - Donald Trump has become famously infamous for his eccentricity, grandiloquence, and off-the-cuff statements devoid of logic and lucidity. On the receiving end have been both friends and foes.

  • Araqchi briefs Ghani on Iran’s talks with Taliban 2019-01-05 20:39

    Araqchi briefs Ghani on Iran’s talks with Taliban

    TEHRAN – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, who held talks with a Taliban delegation in Tehran on December 30, met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on Saturday.

  • Tehran says not interfering in Afghan affairs 2019-01-04 22:05

    Tehran says not interfering in Afghan affairs

    TEHRAN – Presidential chief of staff Mahmoud Vaezi has said talks between Iran and Taliban were held in coordination with the Afghan government, stressing that the Islamic Republic would never interfere in the internal affairs of Afghanistan.

  • Taliban 2019-01-02 20:18

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    In a first, Iran, Taliban discuss ‘post-occupation scenario’ in Afghanistan

    TEHRAN - Putting speculation to rest, it was finally confirmed this week that the government of Iran held talks with a Taliban delegation on “post-occupation situation” in Afghanistan.

  • In this May 27, 2016, file photo, Taliban fighters react to a speech by their senior leader in the Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan. (Allauddin Khan/AP) 2019-01-01 20:11

    The announcement signals a growing confidence among the Taliban for U.S. troops to pull out of Afghanistan

    Afghan Taliban says ‘post-occupation’ discussed with Iran

    The Taliban discussed Afghanistan's "post-occupation situation" with Iran in their latest meeting, the group said Tuesday, as Tehran makes a more concerted and open push for peace ahead of a possible U.S. drawdown.

  • South Asia 2018-12-31 21:46

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi


    TEHRAN - The year gone by was shaped by many significant events in South Asia. There was drama, there was intrigue, there was betrayal, there was brutality, and there was a healing touch too.

  • Ghani 2018-12-31 21:45

    Afghan presidential polls delayed till July 20

    TEHRAN - In the wake of volatile security situation and lack of preparedness of election authorities, the presidential polls in Afghanistan have been delayed by three months.

  • Afghan troops 2018-12-29 20:38

    ‘Trump didn’t order Afghan troop withdrawal’

    TEHRAN - In a classic volte-face, White House has contradicted reports that the U.S. President Donald Trump ordered withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. Apparently, in response to backlash at home and abroad, White House spokesman dismissed reports that Trump directed the military to pull 7,000 soldiers out of the war-torn country, Bloomberg reported.

  • Pakistan border 2018-12-29 20:15

    Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Pakistan fencing Afghan border to curb infiltration

    TEHRAN - Pakistan and Afghanistan, the two estranged neighbors with history of hostility and bad blood, have made concerted efforts in recent months to open a new chapter in their bilateral relations.

  • In this picture taken on November 21, 2018, Afghan policemen walk single-file as they display their skills at a police training centre on the outskirts of Jalalabad in Nangarhar. (By AFP) 2018-12-28 21:02

    Pentagon admits Iran’s key role in restoring calm to Afghanistan

    The Pentagon has acknowledged Iran’s key role in restoring peace and stability to the war-torn Afghanistan, backtracking on Washington’s earlier claims that Tehran supports the local Taliban militant group.

  • Pakistan-China 2018-12-27 10:26

    Pakistan FM ends four-nation tour

    TEHRAN - Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi completed his four-nation tour with a whirlwind visit to China on Tuesday, which has emerged as the strongest regional ally of Pakistan.

  • Shamkhani 2018-12-26 21:16

    By Mehdi Sepahvand - Head of Political Desk

    Iran says has held talks with Taliban with knowledge of Afghan government 

    TEHRAN – Tehran has been holding talks with the Taliban with the knowledge of the Afghan government, Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani said on Wednesday during a visit to Kabul.

  • Iranian embassy denounces Kabul attack 2018-12-25 21:34

    Iranian embassy denounces Kabul attack

    TEHRAN – In a statement on Tuesday, the Iranian embassy in Afghanistan condemned the Monday terrorist attack in Kabul, ISNA reported.

  • China-Pakistan 2018-12-25 11:42

    Pakistan FM begins four-nation tour

    TEHRAN- Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi arrived in Afghanistan on Monday morning on the first leg of his four-nation tour. Besides Afghanistan, Qureshi will also visit Iran, China and Russia.

  • Two anti-Pakistan figures 2018/12/25

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Two anti-Pakistan figures nominated to top security posts in Afghanistan

    TEHRAN - In a very significant but debatable move, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has appointed two political rivals and avowed adversaries of neighboring Pakistan to two key ministries.

  • Zarif, Qureshi discuss various issues in Tehran 2018-12-24 20:54

    Zarif, Qureshi discuss Afghan security

    TEHRAN – Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met on Monday with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif to discuss a range of bilateral, regional and international issues.

  • Afghanistan 2018-12-23 11:36

    Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan underscores fatigue and failure

    TEHRAN - In a surprise announcement, U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered withdrawal of half of the 14,000 American troops stationed in Afghanistan, underscoring sense of fatigue and failure.

  • This photo shows US troops at Forward Operating Base in Baylough, Afghanistan, June 16, 2010. 2018-12-21 15:29

    U.S. to withdraw half of its 14,000 troops from Afghanistan

    U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered the start of withdrawing some 7,000 troops from Afghanistan, about half of the total number of American boots on the ground in the war-torn country.

  • Afghanistan 2018-12-19 20:01

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    'Afghanistan deadliest country in world for journalists in 2018'

    TEHRAN - Journalists in Afghanistan, where the foreign-imposed war has now stretched into its 18th year, continue to walk a tightrope, living dangerously while trying to report the daily incidents.

  • Pakistan welcomes talks with Taliban 2018-12-18 09:36

    Pakistan welcomes talks with Taliban

    TEHRAN - Pakistan has welcomed a new round of talks between the Afghan Taliban and international stakeholders expected to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

  • Afghan economy 2018-12-18 09:29

    Afghan province bans Pakistan currency

    TEHRAN -In a bid to increase the use and circulation of local currency, Afghan authorities have decided to ban trade in Pakistani rupee in southeastern Khost province, which borders Pakistan.

  • Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) 2018-12-17 21:29

    Tehran hosting 29th ECO Regional Planning Council meeting

    TEHRAN - The 29th meeting of Regional Planning Council (RPC) of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) kicked off on Monday at the ECO secretariat in Tehran.

  • Afghanistan trade 2018-12-16 10:01

    Afghanistan opens new trade route

    TEHRAN - In a significant move that will spur trade and commerce in the war-torn country, Afghanistan has opened a new international trade route, known as Lapis Lazuli corridor.

  • Afghanistan-China-Pakistan 2018-12-16 09:50

    Pakistan, China, Afghanistan hold second trilateral dialogue in Kabul

    TEHRAN -Pakistan, China and Afghanistan held second round of trilateral dialogue in Kabul on Wednesday, in a attempt to facilitate the peace process and help end the protracted U.S.-imposed war in Afghanistan.

  • Afghanistan 2018-12-13 10:13

    Over 30 killed in multiple Afghan attacks

    TEHRAN -In a spate of terrorist attacks across war-torn Afghanistan in past few days, more than 30 people have been killed, according to reports.

  • India-Pakistan 2018-12-13 10:10

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    India’s cooperation needed to end war in Afghanistan, says Pakistan

    TEHRAN - Pakistan and India, the two South Asian warring neighbors, have long been accused of proxy war in Afghanistan, where the war has stretched into its 18th year now.

  • India 2018-12-13 10:01

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    India’s cooperation needed to end war in Afghanistan, says Pakistan

    TEHRAN - Pakistan and India, the two South Asian warring neighbors, have long been accused of proxy war in Afghanistan, where the war has stretched into its 18th year now.

  • Afghan women 2018-12-10 22:01

    AFF officials axed over sexual abuse

    TEHRAN Following public backlash and widespread online protests, the top officials of Afghanistan Football Federation have been suspended over sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the country in past few weeks.

  • Ghani 2018-12-10 21:56

    Corruption hinders rule of law: Ghani

    TEHRAN - While Afghanistan is known as the hotbed of terrorism and home to dreaded terrorist groups like Taliban, the country has another enemy that does not get so much attention — corruption.