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Map of Iran Iran has a strategic interest in Afghanistan as it comprises most of its eastern border. In addition, Afghanistan holds a significant Shia population which Iran has a special relationship with.

Iran's Interests in Afghanistan. Iran has been a matter of concern to the NATO alliance and has presented some challenges in Afghanistan for the last decade and more. With the recent drawdown of NATO forces in Afghanistan Iran is likely to increase its influence in Afghanistan. Iran's influence can be found in the economic, political, cultural, and religious areas of Afghanistan.

News and Magazine Articles and Blog Posts on Iran and Afghanistan

June 30, 2017. "How Iran Recruited Afghan Refugees to Fight Assad's War", by Ali M. Latifi, The New York Times. A profile of Afghans from Bamian pressed into service to fight for Iran and Assad in Syria.

December 24, 2016. "Iran, Russia See Opportunity to Encircle the US in Afghanistan", The Diplomat.

June 6, 2016. "By Befriending The Taliban, Iran Hedges Bets in Afghanistan, Analyst Says", Gandhara Blog.

June 11, 2015. "Iran Backs Taliban With Cash and Arms". The Wall Street Journal. The Shiite nation has quietly boosted ties with the Sunni militant group and is now recruiting and training its fighters.

February 11, 2015. "Elephant in the Jirga: Iran's interests in Afghanistan - Analysis". Eurasia Review.


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