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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…

British Government do not support a ban on wearing the veil in public

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SHAFAQNA- Boris Johnson has sparked anger by claiming that women wearing burkas look like letter boxes and bank robbers. His comments have been furiously condemned by Muslim leaders and Labour, with MP David Lammy branding him a ‘pound-shop…

Ghazni: the City of Diverse Islamic Architecture

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SHAFAQNA - Afghan Zariza | By Syed Zafar Mehdi : Known for its diverse Islamic architecture, the city of Ghazni is home to some magnificent mausoleums and minarets that attract a number of visitors from across the world every year. “The…

Photos: The unusual design of Shah-Do Shamshira Mosque

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SHAFAQNA - Islamic Arts : The Shah-Do Shamshira Mosque, the “Mosque of the King of Two Swords”, is located in downtown Kabul along the edge of the Kabul River. It was built in the 1920s by Amanullah Khan (r. 1919-29), who attempted to introduce…

Shia Rights Watch: 2,805 incidents of anti-Shiism in the first half of 2018

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SHAFAQNA - Shia Rights Watch: The first half of 2018 saw 2,805 incidents of anti-Shiism take place in over a dozen countries. Anti-Shiism is extended to June, and compared to May, the number of people killed and wounded has almost tripled.…

Civic campaigns are forming for peace in Afghanistan

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SHAFAQNA - ISIS violated the holiday ceasefire in Afghanistan and Taliban rejected government's suggestion to extend the ceasefire. However, different kinds of civic campaigns are forming for peace in Afghanistan. A suicide bomber has struck…

Denmark swings right on immigration and Muslims feel besieged

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SHAFAQNA - The Guardian  :  After a burqa ban, hardline rhetoric has entered the mainstream. In one coastal town, attitudes seem increasingly polarised  “It’s a lovely place,” says Jens Kramer, as he gazes across the harbour from…

Rouhani: a secure and stable Afghanistan is a must for regional security

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SHAFAQNA - ISNA: President Rouhani described a secure and stable Afghanistan a must for regional security and development and stressed that Tehran always supports peace and stability in Afghanistan.    President Rouhani described a secure…

Afghanistan announced Cease-fire with Taliban for Ramadan

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SHAFAQNA - As Ramadan approaches , Afghani President Ashraf Ghani has called for a week-long cease-fire with the Taliban, drawing wide support from the international community and NATO.     Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced…

Afghan police kill would-be suicide bomber in Kabul

SHAFAQNA - Afghan police shot dead a suicide bomber on Monday as he was apparently preparing to attack an outdoor blood donor facility in a busy area of central Kabul, officials said. As the man approached the center, in a park in the Shar-e…

At Least 4 Killed in Twin Blasts in Kabul

SHAFAQNA - The attacks came just a week after a blast at a voter registration center killed 60 people, in the wake of warnings by security officials against the risk of increasing attacks ahead of parliamentary elections planned in October. Monday’s…

Daesh Attack Near Shia Mosque in Western Afghanistan

SHAFAQNA - A suicide attack near a Shia mosque in the Western Afghan city of Herat killed at least one person and wounded eight others, police and health officials said on Sunday. The Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorist group claimed responsibility…

UN documents rise in civilian casualties in Afghanistan

SHAFAQNA- Raging violence in Afghanistan killed and wounded over 10,000 people last year, with a dreadful rise in the number of women and child casualties, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Human Rights Office stated…

Photos (+18): Kabul's Bloodbath

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SHAFAQNA -  At least 40 people have been killed and 30 wounded in a suicide attack at a Shia cultural and religious organisation in a western area of the Afghan capital, Kabul.  

Kabul blast kills, injures 70 at Shia news organisation, Taliban denies any involvement

SHAFAQNA - Multiple blasts near an office of a media outlet in the Afghan capital of Kabul have left at least 40 people dead and 32 others injured, officials say.  At least 40 people have been killed and 30 wounded in a suicide attack at a…

Taliban kill 11 Afghan police in attack on checkpoints in Helmand

SHAFAQNA - Taliban terrorists attacked checkpoints in the southern Helmand province early Sunday, killing 11 police, an official said. Omar Zwak, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said Afghan forces eventually repelled the attack…

At least 22 Afghan police killed in Taliban attacks

SHAFAQNA - The Afghan Taliban attacked more than a dozen checkpoints over six hours in the southern province of Kandahar, killing 22 police and wounding 15, officials said on Tuesday, as militants killed eight soldiers in the west in a growing…

Blast rocks foreign embassy district in Afghan capital Kabul – reports

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SHAFAQNA - A loud explosion has reportedly rocked the central area of the Afghan capital of Kabul, where embassies and government buildings are located. Local agency TOLOnews‏ said the blast took place in the city’s Wazir Akbar Khan…

Taliban kills 15 Afghan policemen in separate attacks

SHAFAQNA - The Taliban have killed 15 Afghan policemen in two separate attacks on checkpoints in the east and south of the country, officials said on Monday. Arif Noori, the spokesman for the governor of the eastern Ghazni province, said…

Senior Afghan official abducted in Pakistan

SHAFAQNA - The deputy governor of Afghanistan’s northeastern province of Kunar has been kidnapped in neighboring Pakistan, officials said Sunday. Muhammad Nabi Ahmadi arrived in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Friday for…

There's a Place for 'Moderate Taliban' in Afghanistan Government, says Tillerson

SHAFAQNA - There are moderate elements within the Taliban who do not want to continue fighting forever, says the U.S. secretary of state. “So we are looking to engage with those voices and engage them in a reconciliation process leading…

Taliban seizes Shia-dominated Mirza Olang in Afghanistan

SHAFAQNA - Mirza Olang valley of Sar-e-Pul province has once again fallen to the Taliban, provincial council officials said on Saturday. Mohammad Noor Rahmani, the head of the Sar-e-Pul provincial council, said that Taliban carried out an…

Afghan Shias fear further attacks on Ashura

SHAFAQNA - The Afghan capital Kabul braced on Saturday for further possible attacks ahead of Ashura, a day after an attack claimed by Daesh that killed at least five people near a large Shia mosque. Ahead of the celebration on Sunday, signs…

Rocket attack hits Kabul airport hours after Mattis, , NATO chief arrives

SHAFAQNA - The Taliban claimed it fired at least six rockets at Afghanistan's main airport Wednesday in an attack after US Defense Secretary James Mattis and NATO’s General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg arrived in the country on an unannounced…

In Afghanistan, preaching peace comes at a cost

SHAFAQNA - On 17 May, a Muslim religious leader named Abdul Ghafoor was travelling from Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, to his home province of Logar when Taliban fighters ambushed his vehicle and shot him dead. Ghafoor was returning from…

Over 250,000 Afghans displaced by conflicts in 2017

SHAFAQNA - More than 250,000 Afghans have been displaced so far this year by conflicts and prolonged insurgency, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Tuesday. "From Jan. 1 to Sept. 16, 2017, more than 250,000…