Tajikistan watch as North Afghan fighting flares

Officials in Dushanbe have said that the fighting is under control on the border of North Afghanistan and Tajikistan

Tajikistan watch as North Afghan fighting flares

World Bulletin / News Desk

Heavy fighting has erupted in Kunduz, about 60 kilometers from the border of southern Tajikistan

Earlier this month fighting broke out in Afghan Badakhshan, the narrow region bordering the Tajikistan region of the same name. Dozens of fighters on both sides were reportedly killed.  The clashes caused the death of at least 30 people, which resulted in President Ashraf Ghani, delaying his flight to India on Monday. 

In Dushanbe, President Emomali Rahmon met with senior security officers to discuss Afghanistan and had instructed for an "increase in military readiness for the protection of state borders, and the fight against terrorism, extremism and illegal drug trafficking."

At a meeting last week of anti-drug officials Rustam Nazarzoda,said in a meeting last week with anti-drug officials, that several Taliban units in northern Afghanistan -- including Balkh, Kunduz, Takhar, and Badakhshan provinces -- have aligned themselves with ISIL and their activity had increased in recent weeks.

A border service spokesman, Mukhaammaddjon Ulugkhodjaev, told RFE/RL that the fighting was  between internal groups in Afghanistan and at this stage represented no threat to Tajikistan. 

In recent weeks there has been frequent talk of the internal fighting spilling over  and more recently the alleged threat of ISIL,  has been a topics that has dominated security discussion in Central Asia. And while rebel activity in northern Afghanistan is clearly increasing, there is no clear indication that it will move into the north of Central Asia and what if any type of support will be available for them there.

And at another meeting last week of anti-drug officials of Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states, Rustam Nazarzoda,




Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Nisan 2015, 17:25