• Afghanistan election 2018/10/03

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Parliamentary polls another test for Afghan democracy

    TEHRAN - The campaigning for October 20 Afghan parliamentary polls quietly kicked off last week. Originally slated for 2015, the election has been repeatedly deferred due to the fragile security environment and national unity government’s lack of preparedness.

  • Pakistan water 2018-10-01 23:00

    Pakistan’s water-sharing pact with Afghanistan

    TEHRAN - Pakistan’s leading jurist on international law, who has been appointed by Pakistan’s supreme court as an ‘amicus curiae’ to assist the court on water-related issues, says Pakistan must consider working on a bilateral water-sharing agreement with Afghanistan.

  • Afghanistan election 2018-09-29 23:48

    Afghan election campaigning kicks off

    TEHRAN - Ahead of the much-anticipated but long-delayed parliamentary elections in Afghanistan, campaigning finally kicked off on Friday amid growing concerns of violence and electoral fraud.

  • Afghanistan 2018-09-26 23:48

    Deadly U.S. air raids continue to claim civilian lives in war-torn Afghanistan

    TEHRAN - The deadly air raids by the U.S.-led coalition forces continue unabated in war-torn Afghanistan. In the latest, at least 25 civilians, including women and children, were killed in two separate aerial operations in Kapisa and Maidan Wardak provinces, according to officials.

  • Ghani-Trump 2018-09-25 11:16

    Donald Trump refuses to meet Afghan President

    TEHRAN - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has reportedly cancelled his visit to New York to attend the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session after Donald Trump refused to meet him, said a media report.

  • Mudasir Sheikh 2018/09/24

    By Mudasir Sheikh

    U.S. losing its technological and economic might

    TEHRAN - According to Alibaba group co-founder Jack Ma, U.S. has spent $14.2 trillion on 13 wars during the past 30 years. Bloomberg recently reported that the U.S. spending will exceed its revenues by $804 billion in the fiscal year through September and till 2020. U.S. budget deficit is estimated to surpass $1 trillion and country’s debt has already crossed $21 trillion mark.

  • Ahvaz attack 2018-09-24 23:48

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    India, Pakistan, Afghanistan condemn Ahvaz attack, call for joint efforts against terrorism

    TEHRAN - The deadly terror attack in Iran’s southwestern city of Ahvaz on Saturday has drawn strong condemnations from across the world, including Iran’s neighbors India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

  • U.S. invaded Afghanistan 2018-09-24 23:45

    ‘17 years after U.S. invaded Afghanistan, problems remains endemic’

    TEHRAN - The staggering failures of the U.S. and its allies in war-ravaged Afghanistan have been documented by many global think tanks and written about by many seasoned regional observers.

  • Taliban 2018-09-18 09:49

    15 policemen killed in clashes in Afghanistan

    TEHRAN - The situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate with insurgents upping the ante across the country. In latest clashes, at least 15 police officials were killed in northwestern provinces of Baghdis and Farah.

  • Afghan refugees 2018-09-18 09:44

    Afghan refugees born in Pakistan to get nationality

    TEHRAN - The newly-elected Pakistan government led by Imran Khan has announced that it will grant nationality to all Pakistan-born refugees of Afghan and Bangladeshi origin, ending months of suspense and speculation.

  • afghanistan 2018-09-18 09:19

    Afghan war to be deadlier than Syria this year

    TEHRAN - The protracted Afghan conflict, which has entered its 17th year now, could overtake Syria as the deadliest conflict in the world this year with surging violence, according to a report in AFP.

  • India-Afghanistan 2018-09-18 09:17

    No India-Afghanistan trade route through Pakistan

    TEHRAN - Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has rejected reports that Pakistan has expressed its readiness to discuss the restoration of India-Afghanistan trade route using Pakistan’s land.

  • Muharram 2018-09-17 21:48

    Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Ban on Muharram procession in Kashmir mockery of religious freedom

    TEHRAN - Muharram is the month of bereavement and remembrance. Every year, around this time, massive processions are taken out across the world to pay glowing tribute to the martyrs of Karbala. Reciting soul-stirring elegies and hymns, mourners wear black dresses and beat their chests in a spirit of devotion. They carry replicas of Imam Husain’s mausoleum in Karbala and parade the streets.

  • Sand and dust storm in Zabol, Sistan-Balouchestan province 2018-09-16 22:07

    Hamoun dryness, a tragedy for southwestern Iran

    TEHRAN — Hamoun wetland dryness, caused by long-term drought and low precipitation, is the major reason behind problems in southwestern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, Zia-al-din Shoaei, former head of national working group for combatting sand and dust storms has said.

  • Vienna prison 2018-09-16 21:48

    Austria: Six men, Iranian included, attempt suicide in face of deportation

    TEHRAN - Six men who were scheduled to be deported from Austria were brought to local hospitals in critical condition late on Friday night after apparently setting fire to their cells in a Vienna detention center. 

  • 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.