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The many challenges of assisting those affected by war

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SHAFAQNA- Tehran Times: Katrina Ritz, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Iraq, describes the situation on the ground in Iraq “stable” but in need of much assistance. I think what we often think is when the…

ASEFI: IRAN TO CONTINUE ITS SUCCESSFUL TALK WITH TALIBAN

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SHAFAQNA- Iran's former foreign ministry spokesman, Hamidreza Asefi said Iran has already negotiated with Taliban. Initially, we did that in the previous years with the presence of the United Nations. At the moment, we would like to do this,…

Tehran-Kabul meetings to establish peace process in Afghanistan

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SHAFAQNA | Nasibeh Yazdani - On December 31, Iran confirmed that it has hosted a delegation from the Taliban to discuss possible ways to end hostilities in Afghanistan. Afterward, several meetings were held in Tehran and Kabul in order to establish…

Saudi Arabia to host third round of Taliban peace talks

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SHAFAQNA- The United States and regional countries meet in Saudi Arabia in the coming weeks for the next round of peace talks to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan. Saudi Arabia confirmed on Saturday they would be hosting the next round of…

Withdrawal decision may be a broader redeployment of U.S. forces out of Middle East

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SHAFAQNA | By Leila Yazdani : Donald Trump is bringing back home America’s troops from Syria just two years after he was elected president. Trump’s decision on Afghanistan was made at the same time, too. Although the withdrawal decision…

WITHDRAWAL OF US TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN AFFECTS PEACE PROCESS IN KABUL

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SHAFAQNA- Former NATO advisor in Afghanistan, Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam believes that President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US troops has hit the peace process in Afghanistan. Speaking with Mehr news agency, Hamdam said that despite…

Saltrey: US withdrawal from Syria is not Surprising

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SHAFAQNA- Former Congressman and member of the US Foreign Relations Council, James Charles Saltrey, said about the decision of US President Donald Tramp to leave Syria and reduce troops in Afghanistan, "This decision by President Trump was not…

Pakistan senator: We should not look to the West

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SHAFAQNA- Tehran Times: Asif Saeed Kirmani, a Pakistani senator, believes that Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and Turkey should not look to the West for economic progress, saying these countries are the gateway to Asia and enjoy good economic…

Putin casts doubt over US troops withdrawal from Syria

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SHAFAQNA- Mehr News: Russian President Vladimir Putin threw doubt on American troops’ withdrawal from Syria, citing the example of Afghanistan. Making the remarks Thursday in his annual press conference in Moscow, Putin said that he…

Can ISIS regroup?

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SHAFAQNA- University of Maryland study shows that ISIL has lost 99 percent of the territory it once controlled and global attacks fell by a fifth. To understand the future of this armed organisation, it is necessary to understand the people…

Taliban Spokesman: We just negotiate with US

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SHAFAQNA- Taliban Spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, said that the publication of the negotiating team's list with the Taliban is pointless because the group know US as the only decision maker. A spokesman for the Taliban group, Zabiullah Mujahid,…

Chabahar’s Inhumane terror attack was aimed at disrupting Iran's economic development

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SHAFAQNA | by Leila Yazdani : Terrorist attack in the southeastern Iranian port city of Chabahar comes as Iran's economy reels in the wake of the United States re-imposing sanctions lifted by Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. Chabahar…

Afghan MP: Fight Against Terrorism is the most Important goal of Region

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SHAFAQNA- President of the Afghan Parliament said that Combating terrorism and strengthening regional cooperation is the most important goal of the governments of Tehran, Kabul, Beijing, Moscow, Islamabad and Ankara. “Terrorism has never…

Video: Over 50% of Afghan refugees are children

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SHAFAQNA- Did you know over 50% of Afghan refugees are children? Learn more about Afghanistan and how UNHCR is helping families displaced by conflict and drought.    Read more from Shafaqna: Video: Canadians are opening…

Video: Afghanistan's First Lady Rula Ghani explains why Women are the agents of change

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SHAFAQNA- Afghanistan's First Lady Rula Ghani explains why women are the agents of change.   Read more from Shafaqna: Video: Suicide-Bomb kills, injures Dozens in Afghanistan Afghanistan: 250 Families Displaced to Bamyan…

Trump faces criticism for not visiting troops overseas

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SHAFAQNA- Donald Trump portrays himself as a gung-ho supporter of the US military, but over a year and a half into his tenure the president has yet to visit American troops in a war zone. Since Trump took office, about 60 American service…

EU signs aid package for Afghanistan worth $535m in Geneva

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SHAFAQNA- The European Union and Afghanistan have signed a financing agreement worth millions of euros for development of diverse sectors of the war-torn country of Afghanistan. The aid agreement made on Tuesday at the Geneva Conference on…

Zarif, Ghani meet in Geneva

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SHAFAQNA- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani met in the Swiss city of Geneva on the sidelines of the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan. Zarif held talks with Ghani on bilateral issues and peace…

Video: Thousands to escape fighting in two Hazara-majority districts in Afghanistan

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SHAFAQNA- Thousands have fled to escape fighting in two ethnic Hazara-majority districts in Afghanistan. Taliban militants have been battling Afghan special forces and ethnic Hazara militia in the previously safe districts of Jaghori and Malistan…

Video: Suicide-Bomb kills, injures Dozens in Afghanistan

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SHAFAQNA: Suicide-Bomb kills, injures Dozens in Afghanistan.   Read more from Shafaqna: Afghanistan: 250 Families Displaced to Bamyan from Jaghori, Malistan Afghanistan: Hazara Shiites under Taliban attack in a war never…

Afghanistan: Hazara Shiites under Taliban attack in a war never seen before

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SHAFAQNA- Thousands of Shiites have fled their homes in two Hazara-dominated districts to escape the “absolute terror” of escalating violence by Taliban, with some describing the violence as the worst they had seen in the 17-year conflict. The…

After 17 Years, many Afghans blame US over endless war

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SHAFAQNA- Seventeen years after U.S. forces and the Northern Alliance captured Kabul, the war is dragging on, many Afghans place the blame squarely on the Americans. The United States has lost more than 2,400 soldiers in its longest war, and…

Afghanistan: 250 Families Displaced to Bamyan from Jaghori, Malistan

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SHAFAQNA- As Taliban attacks continue, over 250 Afghan families displaced to Bamyan from two districts in Ghazni province, local officials in Bamyan province said Tuesday. According to a survey commissioned by the delegation, more than 250…

Ayatollah Khamenei: US has been defeated from Iran for forty years

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SHAFAQNA: For forty years, Iran and the US have been struggling with each other, in which Iran has been victorious, said the Leader of the Islamic Revolution on Saturday. 'The challenge between the US and Iran has been going on; they have…

Afghanistan's parliamentary election voting opened despite security threats

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SHAFAQNA- Polls opened in Afghanistan's parliamentary election on Saturday, the third since the Taliban's fall in 2001, despite security threats from the Taliban armed group and ongoing fighting in as many as 20 out of the country's 34 provinces. Voting…

Photos: Successful Afghan immigrants in Iran

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SHAFAQNA:  Afghanistan has been catastrophically impacted by long wars for many years while this country was once a part of Iran. Lack of security in Afghanistan has caused its people to immigrate to other countries. Since Iran is the neighbour…

Developing countries host 85prc of the world's refugees +Video

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SHAFAQNA- 85 percent of the world's refugees live in developing countries. A new deal for refugees means a new deal for host countries. The world's poorest countries continue to shoulder the burden of the global refugee crisis, according…

Muharram in Afghanistan: an occasion to remember the tragedies of Hazāra community

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SHAFAQNA: Most Afghans are Sunni Muslims, but a sizable minority are Shiites, mostly part of the Hazāra ethnic group, whose Asiatic features denote their Mongolian roots and set them apart from other Afghans. So the great majority of Shiʿites…