Posts Tagged ‘Afghanistan’

Claim of torturing, detaining illegal nationals at Afghanistan borders ‘rejected’

MNA – The Director-General of Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants Affairs of the Ministry of Interior Mehdi Mahmoudi on Wed. categorically turned down the claim of torturing and detaining illegal nationals at borders of Khorasan Razavi province with Afghanistan, saying such incidents have nothing to do with the border guards of the Islamic Republic […]

‘India is an important force’: US Afghanistan envoy Khalilzad calls for direct talks between New Delhi and Taliban

In an exclusive interview with the Hindu on Friday, Khalilzad stressed India’s “significant” role in Afghanistan’s development, citing “historic ties” between the two countries and shared concerns over terrorist groups active there. “India is an important force in Afghanistan, and it would be appropriate for [India-Taliban] engagement to take place,” Khalilzad said, adding that “it would be important that issues of […]

Horrific murder of teenage girl again puts spotlight on Afghanistan’s ‘honor’ killings

   Afghan girls and women who have relationships with men outside marriage are often the target of brutal punishments — including public floggings, prison, and even death. One teenage girl who is believed to have broken that social norm paid the ultimate price this week when her brother killed her after she ran away from […]

Iranian envoy, Taliban officials hold talks on developments in Afghanistan

MNA – Iran’s special envoy for Afghanistan Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian and Taliban political bureau officials held a phone talk on the latest developments in Afghanistan. During the telephone conversation, the two sides exchanged views on future developments in inter-Afghan talks and comprehensive efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Afghanistan. The call comes […]

‘We don’t care about coronavirus’: Thousands attend mass prayer in Afghanistan during Ramadan, defying quarantine (VIDEO)

A large crowd of followers of hardline Salafist preacher Mujib Rahman Ansari had gathered for an open-air group prayer near the Gazer Gah Sharif pilgrimage site in Herat, Afghanistan’s third-largest city. The worshippers sat in tight rows, close to each other, ignoring social distancing norms and not wearing masks or other protective gear. “We don’t […]

US-led coalition ‘restricts’ its ‘last remaining’ metrics on Taliban attacks in Afghanistan – watchdog

The change in the way NATO forces report developments on the ground was revealed in a new quarterly report by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), John Sopko. The NATO Resolute Support (RS) mission has “restricted from public release data on the number of enemy-initiated attacks (EIA)” this quarter, for the first […]

Iranian, Qatari FMs stress formation broad-based gov’t in Afghanistan

IRNA – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif and his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani discussed the latest developments of Afghanistan and Iran’s efforts to help promote mutual political understanding and formation of a broad-based government in Afghanistan on a phone call on Saturday. Zarif also congratulated the foreign minister and the […]

Zarif, Lavrov discuss Afghanistan political disputes

Tasnim – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov held talks on a range of issues, including the latest political developments in Afghanistan. In a telephone conversation on Monday evening, the Iranian and Russian foreign ministers exchanged views on the most recent developments in the wake of a political crisis […]

Zarif underlines Iran’s support for Afghanistan peace process

IRNA – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed the importance of political structures based on Afghanistan constitution with regard to peace and national reconciliation, saying Iran supports peace process in Afghanistan with participation of all Afghan political groups. Zarif made the remarks Tuesday in separate phone conversations with President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani and […]

4 NATO soldiers in Afghanistan test positive for coronavirus, 38 more isolated with ‘flu-like symptoms’

Information about the four infected servicemen will be withheld “pending release from the appropriate national authorities,” the NATO Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan said on Tuesday. Around 1,500 soldiers and civilians have been quarantined by the mission as a “preventive measure.” Most of them have either recently arrived in Afghanistan, or returned from leave. Of the […]

Pakistan’s Position on the US-Afghanistan Settlement: Impact on China’s Belt and Road

Zhao Lijian, the spokesman of the ministry of foreign affairs in China quite knowledgeably alleged that the US was behind the spread of Corona virus through its military personnel in Wuhan during Wuhan military games late last autumn, 2019. If that be true, then China has just begun the war of challenging the false US […]

Iran to spare no effort for stability in Afghanistan: FM spox

MNA – Iran will spare no effort for facilitating the return of stability to Afghanistan, says Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi following Afghanistan’s new political crisis. “We have been making efforts on various levels for a long time for bringing solidarity among people and groups in Afghanistan,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi in […]

How the New US-Afghanistan Peace Deal Rekindled a “Business Friendly Taliban”

President Trump, who is up for re-election this year, has added another “peace” deal to his credentials, a deal that the president, his re-election campaign and his supporters have promoted as proof that Trump is willing and able to resist the U.S. foreign policy establishment and its ceaseless push to keep the U.S. embroiled in […]


An appellate panel of the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled Thursday that an investigation leading to the potential prosecution of US officials for war crimes during Washington’s nearly two-decade-old war in Afghanistan can move forward. Fatou Bensouda, the court’s Gambian-born chief prosecutor, whose US visa was revoked for her pursuit of the probe, praised Thursday’s […]

From Afghanistan to Syria: Women’s Rights, War Propaganda and the CIA

This article was first published on April 13, 2013. Women’s rights are increasingly heralded as a useful propaganda device to further imperial designs. Western heads of state, UN officials and military spokespersons will invariably praise the humanitarian dimension of the October 2001 US-NATO led invasion of Afghanistan, which allegedly was to fight religious fundamentalists, help […]

Afghanistan: ICC Appeals Chamber Authorises The Opening Of An Investigation

Afghanistan: ICC Appeals Chamber Authorises The Opening Of An Investigation Above Photo: The judges of the Appeals Chamber (left to right) Judge Solomy Balungi Bossa, Judge Howard Morrison, Presiding Judge Piotr Hofmański, Judge Luz del Carmen Ibáñez Carranza, and Judge Kimberly Prost on 5 March 2020 at the seat of the International Criminal Court in The […]

Iran says US has no legal right to sign peace deal with Taliban and determine future of Afghanistan

Tehran views Washington’s actions as “an attempt to legitimize the presence of troops in Afghanistan,” the Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday. The United States lacks the legal standing to sign a peace deal or determine the future of Afghanistan. We believe that the United Nations has the appropriate authority to facilitate intra-Afghan negotiations, as […]

US, Taliban sign historic deal aimed at ending war in Afghanistan

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The United States signed a peace agreement with Taliban militants on Saturday aimed at bringing an end to 18 years of bloodshed in Afghanistan and allowing US troops to return home from America’s longest war. Under the agreement, the US would draw its forces down to 8,600 from 13,000 in the […]

US to sign historic deal with Taliban, Trump announces, beginning end of US war in Afghanistan and withdrawal of American troops

   After a week-long deal to reduce violence across Afghanistan, the U.S. and the Taliban are set to sign a historic agreement Saturday that would see U.S. troops start to withdraw, according to a statement issued Friday afternoon by President Donald Trump. “Soon, at my direction, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will witness the signing […]

US and Taliban sign agreement on withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan

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