• 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.

  • ISIS 2018-08-05 10:36

    Did ISIS fighters surrender or were they evacuated?

    TEHRAN - Last week, more than 200 ISIS fighters reportedly surrendered to the Afghan security forces in northwestern province of Jawzjan after being defeated by the Taliban, with some reports suggesting that they were captured by the security forces.

  • Tehran condemns deadly terror attack in Afghanistan 2018-08-04 20:58

    Tehran condemns deadly terror attack in Afghanistan

    TEHRAN – Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Friday censured bomb attack in Afghanistan’s Paktia province which left dozens dead and injured.

  • ISIS 2018-08-02 12:13

    More than 150 ISIS fighters surrender in north Afghanistan

    TEHRAN - More than 150 ISIS insurgents laid down arms and surrendered to Afghan security forces in the northwestern province of Jawzjan after being defeated by the Taliban, according to reports.

  • Ayesha Siddiqa 2018-08-02 11:01

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    'Imran Khan would stick to status-quo on Pakistan’s relations with India and Afghanistan'

    TEHRAN - The elections in Pakistan this year have been marred by violence and allegations of large-scale irregularities, allegedly engineered by the military establishment.

  • Aimal Faizi 2018-07-31 12:24

    Syed Zafar Mehdi

    ‘America’s destructive policies in Af-Pak region have led to terrorism, insecurity and geopolitical rivalries’

    TEHRAN - Aimal Faizi is a senior Afghan journalist and political analyst, who served as the spokesperson of former Afghan President Hamid Karzai between 2011 and 2014. In this interview with Tehran Times, he spoke about the security situation in Afghanistan, peace process and recent political developments. Following are the excerpts.

  • Khan-Ghani 2018-07-31 12:23

    Ghani, Khan agree to improve Afghanistan-Pakistan ties

    TEHRAN - Pakistan and Afghanistan, the two estranged neighbors, are expected to open a new chapter in their debilitating relationship with the change of guard in Islamabad, according to reports.

  • Terrorism 2018-07-31 12:22

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    U.S. anti-narcotics campaign in Afghanistan a big disaster

    TEHRAN - The protracted war in Afghanistan has many convoluted dimensions and needless to say the foreign invaders have failed in almost every way. Their engagement in the war-ravaged country has only wreaked havoc, brought misery to the people and emboldened insurgent groups to carry out deadly strikes across the country.

  • U.S. Congress 2018-07-29 11:31

    Billions of American taxpayer’s money wasted in Afghanistan, says a report

    TEHRAN - Billions of American taxpayer’s money has been lost on waste, fraud, abuse and spent on massive reconstruction projects in Afghanistan that have utterly failed and even led to rampant corruption in the war-ravaged country, says a scathing new report released by a U.S. government watchdog body.

  • U.S. Green Beret 2018-07-26 11:32

    Adultery, alcohol linked to U.S. Green Beret truck shooting in Afghanistan

    TEHRAN - An internal investigation into a U.S. Beret who fired a shotgun at a civilian truck driver in Afghanistan in early 2007 has revealed details that are likely to draw anger and outrage in Afghanistan.

  • Afghanistan election 2018-07-26 11:30

    Millions vote in violence-marred, bitterly-contested election in Pakistan

    TEHRAN -Millions of people flocked polling stations on Wednesday to cast their votes in the violence-marred, bitterly-contested general election, which will see a democratic transition of power, only the second time in the country's chequered political history.

  • Muslim Shirzad 2018-07-23 12:21

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    ‘Deteriorating security situation shows U.S.-led coalition has failed to achieve its objectives in Afghanistan’

    Muslim Shirzad is a Kabul-based senior TV journalist, political commentator and university lecturer. He is one of the candidates in upcoming Afghan parliamentary elections. In an interview with Tehran Times, he spoke about Afghan peace process, America’s Afghanistan policy, President Ghani’s legacy and the upcoming elections.

  • Taliban 2018-07-19 13:04

    Taliban, ISIS face off in Afghanistan, 20 Taliban fighters killed in latest ISIS attack

    TEHRAN - With contrasting agenda, goals and modus operandi, the Taliban and ISIS are facing off in a battle for control of Afghanistan, even as the security situation in the war-ravaged country deteriorates.

  • Afghanistan
2018-07-19 12:54

    By Syed Zafar Mahdi

    Afghan-owned peace process only solution to war in Afghanistan

    America’s top military commander in Afghanistan, John Nicholson sent regional observers into a tizzy with his comments on Monday that the United States was ready to join direct negotiations with the Taliban. He later retracted his statement, apparently under pressure, saying his words were“mischaracterized.”

  • Taliban 2018-07-17 11:04

    Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit record high, says UN report

    According to the latest report released by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Sunday, there were 5,122 civilian casualties (1,692 deaths and 3,430 injured) in the first six months of 2018, marking a three percent decrease in overall casualties from last year but one percent increase in civilian deaths.

  • Afghanistan - Pakistan 2018/07/17

    Syed Zafar Mehdi

    The curious case of Afghanistan-Pakistan shaky relationship

    A few weeks ago, at an event in Kabul, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani remarked that an agreement had been reached with Pakistan on rooting out terrorism and extremism in the region. The announcement, after a flurry of accusations and counter-accusations in recent years, brought cheer to many peaceniks who have grown weary of war, death and destruction.

  • Zafar Meraj 2018-07-15 10:32

    ‘Groups like ISIS have got no public support in Kashmir’

    Zafar Meraj is a Kashmir-based senior journalist and political commentator. He is the founder editor of Kashmir Monitor and has reported from Kashmir for many leading Indian news organisations.