One of the Downsides of US Departure from #Afghanistan for #Iran

Prior to the Taliban takeover, Afghanistan, especially the city of Herat, was an important source of US dollars for Iran’s economy.

According to the Tehran based news site Moniban news, Iranian traders used to take Iranian made goods to Herat for sale; payments by Afghans were usually in cash. The rate of USD in Herat, which is only 2 hours away from Iran’s border, was lower than in Iran. So while in Herat, the traders purchased USD and brought them to Iran for sale.  

Annually, the export of Iranian goods to Afghanistan was worth between $7 billion – $9 billion. With international sanctions on the way against the Taliban regime, Iran–Afghanistan trade could fall significantly. It could also reduce the supply of USD in Iran’s currency market, thus pushing up the rate of USD/Toman.  This will then push up the cost of imports for Iran and its rate of inflation.   

The departure of the US from Afghanistan is good for Iran’s anti-US rhetoric, but likely to be bad news for Iran’s economy.

#ISIS vs The Taliban

For years, Al Qaeda and the Taliban were the most brutal and fundamentalist groups in Afghanistan.

That is no longer true.

ISIS has arrived in Afghanistan and its forces are killing, capturing and then hanging Taliban fighters and commanders. ISIS forces have also been targeting Afghan government troops. This is in addition to the indoctrination of young Afghanis.

The documentary below by AJE is a must. The ideology and brutality of ISIS will blow you away, so will the beauty of the Afghan countryside.

I would like to thank to Mr Bruno Feuerheerd for sending me this documentary.