Eurasia / News

Azerbaijani, Turkish and Pakistani war games appear to prompt Iran to move infantry to border

Daniel Rad in London September 20, 2021

Representative of Iranian supreme leader warns Azerbaijan to not “play with the lion’s tail”.

London Bullion Market Association suspends Kyrgyz gold refiner’s accreditation for missing gold bars

Kanat Shaku in Almaty September 20, 2021

Kyrgyz investigation, meanwhile, adds former Centerra Gold leading executives to wanted list.

Iran cements ties with East as it becomes full member of SCO

bne IntelIiNews September 17, 2021

“The world has entered a new era,” says Iranian president. “Hegemony and unilateralism are failing. The international balance is moving toward multilateralism and redistribution of power to the benefit of independent countries.”

Tens of millions of wealth fund dollars have ‘flowed to corporation linked to relative of Uzbekistan’s Mirziyoyev’

bne IntelIiNews September 16, 2021

Media investigation raises curtain on Orient Group, founded by brother of president's son in-law.

Azerbaijan detains Iranian truck drivers as ‘land corridors’ dispute with Armenia worsens

bne IntelIiNews September 15, 2021

Tactic may be designed to up pressure on Yerevan to permit a route that would enable Azerbaijanis to reach their Nakhchivan exclave via Armenian territory.

Azerbaijan starts charging Iranian trucks supplying Armenia

Heydar Isayev and Ani Mejlumyan for Eurasianet September 14, 2021

The move appears to be part of a steadily increasing effort by Baku to exert control over the road in southern Armenia that passes through pockets of Azerbaijan-controlled territory.

Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile ‘could be enough for atomic bomb within month’

bne IntelIiNews September 14, 2021

US think tank’s conclusion does not, however, address the time it would take Tehran to assemble a deliverable weapon on a missile warhead.

Iran refers to ‘illegality’ of Turkish presence in Caspian Sea military drills

Javid Agha in Baku September 14, 2021

Tehran concerned at how special forces from Turkey linked up with Azerbaijani counterparts.

Process to admit Iran into Shanghai Cooperation Organisation ‘set to begin’

bne IntelIiNews September 9, 2021

Islamic Republic applied to join as far back as 2008 but sanctions have hindered its path. Move to obtain membership may still meet additional obstacles.

Afghans, Iranians in Tehran protest against Pakistani backing for a Taliban Afghanistan

bne IntelIiNews September 7, 2021

Hundreds descend on Pakistani Embassy. Iranian foreign ministry says reports Islamabad bombed Panjshir Valley resistance forces are under investigation.

Intense fighting in Afghanistan's Panjshir between Taliban and NRF rebel forces

bne IntelIiNews September 7, 2021

Intense fighting continues in the northern Afghanistan province of Panjshir, where rebel forces are resisting the Taliban takeover.

Low-cost airline Uzbekistan Express takes wing

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent September 5, 2021

Carrier to serve as budget alternative of Uzbekistan Airways in "hybrid model".

State managers of Kyrgyzstan’s seized Kumtor gold mine ‘risk flooding catastrophe’

Kanat Shaku in Almaty September 2, 2021

Canadian miner Centerra Gold claims evidence of irregular water flows down pit walls. Officials respond that an attempt is under way to undermine their reputation.

Kyrgyzstan: Activists complain of mass wiretapping campaign

Eurasianet August 31, 2021

Police say their court-approved snooping was wholly justified.

Thousands of Afghan refugees ‘crossing largely unpoliced border into Iran every day’

bne IntelIiNews August 31, 2021

European officials aware that 2015 migrant crisis reshaped global politics quick to offer Afghanistan’s neighbours millions to at least temporarily host people who have fled the Taliban.

Salt lake brimming with “aqua dragon” shrimp billed as big FX earner for Iran

bne IntelIiNews August 31, 2021

Eggs of Artemia extensively used in aquaculture as they can be hatched on demand to provide live feed for larval fish and crustaceans.

Turkey’s moves to block Afghan refugees likely to fail says Chatham House analyst

bne IntelIiNews August 30, 2021

Any additional refugees coming into Turkey will further damage the popularity of president Erdogan in a country under heavy economic pressure, points out Fadi Hakura.

Tehran University medical physicist tells of scientists’ fear of Taliban rule

bne IntelIiNews August 29, 2021

Culture of research and international funding that began with the demise of the first Taliban government could quickly disappear under the second, academics worry.

Huge explosions at military warehouse injure 66 in Kazakhstan

Kanat Shaku in Almaty August 27, 2021

More than a 1,000 people evacuated from nearby settlements. It is the country’s second such incident in two years.

IS suicide bombers kill 60 and injure over hundred in Kabul airport attack

bne IntelIiNews August 27, 2021

Horrific scenes after suicide bombers detonate devices in crowds thronging entrance to airport.