Iran border guards clash with Afghanistan’s Taliban

Clashes broke out on Sunday between Iranian border guards and Taliban forces, officials said, and the Afghan side confirmed that one of their border officers was killed and another wounded.

Both sides accused the other of opening fire first.

“There was a clash between the border guards of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Taliban forces”, the Fars news agency quoted Meysam Barazandeh, the governor of Iran’s Hirmand county.

He added that “the conflict was brief and ended.”

Fars reported that clashes took place on the Iranian side of the border, in the Shaghalak district of Hirmand country, in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan.

“There was a border breach by the Taliban today,” Barazandeh said, adding that “our forces gave the necessary response”, and that “there were no casualties” on the Iranian side.

Iran’s Tasnim news agency said Taliban forces fired on several houses in the town of Dust Mohammad, followed by an exchange of fire “for several minutes.”

A statement issued by the intelligence center of Afghanistan’s Nimroz province blamed the Iranian border guards for the incident.

“Iranian border forces broke up a patrol of our border forces in the Kang district of Nimroz province,” the statement said.

“After that they (Iranian forces) shelled the area with light and heavy weapons. In this firing, one of our border force personnel was martyred and another was injured,” he said.

Last month, Iran’s foreign ministry reported the death of an Iranian border guard in an “incident” at a border crossing with Afghanistan, also in Sistan-Baluchestan.

Like many other nations, Iran has so far not recognized the new government established by the Taliban after it came to power following the swift withdrawal of US-led foreign forces in August 2021.

Although Iran insists that the Taliban is an inclusive administration, the Islamic movement has formed an all-male cabinet composed entirely of members of the group, and almost entirely ethnic Pashtuns.

Water rights issues also increased the tension between the neighbors.

In January, demonstrators in Sistan-Baluchestan gathered at a border crossing to protest flooding from the Helmand River.

Tehran has been host to millions of refugees from Afghanistan for decades, but new people have entered the country since the Taliban came to power.

Iran has long had a testy relationship with the Taliban, which raided Tehran’s consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif in 1998, killing 10 diplomats and journalists.

The Taliban said the raid was carried out by a renegade force acting against orders.

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