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Daily news – February 8, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Astana Times, Atlantic Council, Brookings, Bruegel, Chatham House, CSIS, Defense News, Defense One, East Asia Forum, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Global Times, Human Rights Watch, Japan Institute of International Affairs, Nextgov, Reuters, RFE RL, RUSI, StartMagazine, The Jamestown Foundation, Vatican  AFGHANISTAN – USA Where are the detailed Pentagon reports like […]

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Russia, China Dividing Responsibilities in Tajikistan: Is Conflict Possible? (Paul Globe, The Jamestown Foundation)

Street clashes in Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan region have quieted down at least for the present, but in their wake, geopolitical competition there has, if anything, increased. Russia and China are assuming an ever more active role for at least three reasons: 1) the region’s location on the Tajikistani-Afghan border, 2) the weakness of Dushanbe in that […]

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Notorious Tajik Islamic State Recruiter Reappears In Syrian Refugee Camp (RFE RL)

A notorious Islamic State recruiter from Tajikistan, who went missing from a prison in northern Syria last year, is in a refugee camp in the Turkey-controlled Syrian city of Jarabulus, sources and a relative told RFE/RL. Parviz Saidrahmonov, 34, who is suspected of having links to terrorist attacks in Sweden, Russia, and Tajikistan, disappeared from a prison […]

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Tajikistan’s Pamir Region Descends Into Chaos (Paul Globe, The Jamestown Foundation)

The extrajudicial murder of a local Pamiri activist by state security police in the mountainous and impoverished Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast of Tajikistan has sparked violent protests in that region’s capital, Khorog. The mass demonstrations have so far claimed at least three other lives and left numerous protesters and police officers wounded. Tajikistanis living in Russia […]

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Protests End In Volatile Tajik Region After Talks Between Officials And Demonstrators (RFE RL)

Protests have ended in Tajikistan’s volatile Gorno-Badakhshan region after several hours of negotiations between government officials and representatives of the demonstrators on November 28, local residents told RFE/RL. During the talks, the authorities pledged not to launch criminal probes against the protesters who had been staging demonstrations in front of the government building in the […]

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Russian special operations forces to hold drills in Tajikistan in November (TASS)

Russia’s Central Military District will hold drills with its special operations forces in Tajikistan in November, Central Military District Commander Colonel-General Alexander Lapin announced on Monday. Russian special operations forces to hold drills in Tajikistan in November – Military & Defense – TASS

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Russian-Led CSTO Stages More Counterterrorism Drills On Tajik-Afghan Border (RFE RL)

Members of the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) have completed another joint counterterrorism training exercise in Tajikistan near the border with Afghanistan. The exercise on October 23 presented a scenario in which columns of vehicles transport militants across the border from Afghanistan into Tajikistan. Russian-Led CSTO Stages More Counterterrorism Drills On Tajik-Afghan Border (rferl.org)

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Moscow-led bloc to engage over 5,000 troops in Combat Brotherhood drills in Tajikistan (TASS)

Over 5,000 troops will participate in the Combat Brotherhood 2021 drills of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Tajikistan, Chief of the CSTO Joint Staff Colonel General Anatoly Sidorov announced on Thursday. Moscow-led bloc to engage over 5,000 troops in Combat Brotherhood drills in Tajikistan – Military & Defense – […]

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Afghan resistance considers Dushanbe suitable platform for dialogue with Taliban (TASS)

The Afghan resistance forces are ready to hold talks with the Taliban (outlawed in Russia) and believe that Tajikistan would be a suitable platform for such a dialogue, leader of the National Congress Party Abdul Latif Pedram, who supports the Afghan resistance, told TASS on Wednesday. Afghan resistance considers Dushanbe suitable platform for dialogue with […]

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How will the Taliban handle its dispute with Tajikistan? (Al Jazeera)

Tension is rising between Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Last week, the Taliban warned the Tajik government against meddling in Afghanistan’s internal affairs. It comes after Tajik President Emomali Rahmon refused to recognise the new Taliban government and accused the armed group of human rights abuses against a Tajik minority in the Panjshir Valley. Panjshir fell for […]

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Russian Official Urges Tajikistan, Taliban To Avoid Confrontation (RFE RL)

Members of Tajikistan’s armed forces line up during joint military drills involving Russia, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan at the Harb-Maidon training ground near the border with Afghanistan on August 10 Russia has urged Tajikistan and Taliban-ruled Afghanistan to take “mutually acceptable measures” to resolve tensions along the Tajik-Afghan border amid reports of an increased military buildup […]

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Iran, Tajikistan target $500m of trade (IRNA)

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi expressed hope on Saturdaythat the 500-million-dollar trading target between Iran and Tajikistan would unlock a new era of bilateral relations. Speaking in the meeting of the high-level delegations of Iran and Tajikistan in Dushanbe, Raisi hailed the favorable, successful holding of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit on Friday and the hospitality of the […]