Shootout over water between Iran and Taliban kills

Two Iranian border guards and a Taliban fighter were killed in a shootout near a border crossing between Iran and Afghanistan.

Source: Reuters; Iranian news agency IRNA

Details: While it was not immediately clear what sparked the incident, which also left several people injured, it came amid tensions between the two countries over water rights.

Iran has accused the Afghan Taliban of violating a 1973 treaty by restricting the flow of water from the Helmand River to Iran’s arid eastern regions, but the Taliban deny the charge.

A spokesman for the Taliban Interior Ministry said Iranian border guards opened fire on Afghanistan.

In response, Iran said “Taliban forces launched the assault in violation of international law and the principles of good neighborliness” and were met with “a decisive and courageous counterattack by border guards” from the Islamic Republic.

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