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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.

bneGreen: Finland’s Betolar develops green cement as construction races to decarbonise

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh September 15, 2021

Finland’s Betolar is pioneering the production of low-carbon cement by using alternative industrial waste products in a process that could reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80%.

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.

Hazara Mongols fearing extinction in Afghanistan dream of return to ancient homeland

Antonio Graceffo in Ulaanbaatar September 7, 2021

Repressed ethnic minority dread renewed persecution under second Taliban regime. Academics in Mongolia wonder if legends about “how we will go and bring our people back” could come true.

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.

Unpacking Eurasia’s role in the Afghanistan evacuation

Eurasianet September 3, 2021

Most of the countries Eurasianet covers were involved in the airlift. Some even contributed troops during the 20-year war.

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.

Only tough options for Afghans looking to escape north or west

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent & Kanat Shaku in Almaty August 29, 2021

The UNHCR has estimated half a million could attempt to flee Taliban rule by year-end, but Central Asia, Iran and Turkey will prove far from welcoming.

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.

Kazakhstan wheat redirected away from Afghanistan

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet August 26, 2021

Iran and Georgia considered as alternatives.

Perspectives | Taliban’s triumph threatens Beijing’s Eurasia plans

Srdjan Uljevic for Eurasianet August 26, 2021

Afghanistan will test China’s vision for itself.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Revisiting jihadism and why it’s ‘next stop, China’

Akin Nazli in Belgrade August 25, 2021

US exit from Afghanistan is brewing up a Salafi storm in which Turkey’s Syria militants could play a role.

Iran set to pay significant economic price caused by Taliban turmoil says think tank analyst

bne IntelIiNews August 25, 2021

Iranian and Afghan economies said to be more interconnected than is widely appreciated.

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