#AceNewsReport – Aug.31: All servicemen involved in the exercise come from the Russian military base in Tajikistan, the Interfax news agency quoted the Central Military District command as saying.
#AceDailyNews says around 500 Russian troops in drills near Afghanistan and the current set of drills is the third one carried out by Russia close to the Afghan border this month. Next month, a Russia-led security bloc will hold another exercise in Kyrgyzstan which hosts a Russian military airbase according to a report by Reuters Aug.30, 20218:50 AM BST:
RFE/RL Russia says about 500 of its troops are taking part in military drills in Tajikistan amid fears of instability across its Central Asian allies after the Taliban gained control of much of Afghanistan, including its northern areas.
“Tactical maneuvers with weapons training exercises have started with the participation of motorized rifle troops from the Russian Federation’s military base No. 201 located in Tajikistan,” the Central Military District’s press service said on August 30 in a statement, adding that the exercises were taking place in the mountainous Sambuli military training field.
All of the servicemen involved in the exercise come from the Russian military base in Tajikistan, it added.
The statement comes three days after spokesman of the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) said the alliance plans to hold military exercises in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan due to the ongoing situation in Afghanistan.
CSTO members include Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan.
Central Asians states bordering Afghanistan are concerned about security threats emanating from the war-torn country and the potential for tens of thousands of refugees to pour over the border.
The group has said several thousand troops will be involved in another set of exercises, the Rubezh (Frontier) exercises, in Kyrgyzstan, which will be conducted on September 7-9.
Three more sets of military maneuvers will be held close to the Tajik-Afghan border in October, with a fourth scheduled for November.
On August 10, Russia completed joint military exercises with Tajik and Uzbek troops near the border with Afghanistan, which followed smaller Russian-Uzbek maneuvers along the Uzbek-Afghan border.
The Taliban has sought to reassure neighboring countries and Russia that it poses no threat since gaining control over much of Afghanistan’s territory in recent weeks, including Kabul, the capital.
Russia, which has military bases in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, has vowed to defend Moscow’s allies in Central Asia against any security threat from Afghanistan.
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#AceNewsReport – Aug.16: Now all eyes are on Kabul, as the militants entered the capital. Its advances are heightening concern that Afghanistan’s government will largely collapse, leaving the city an island surrounded by Taliban-controlled territory
#AceDailyNewssays Afghanistan: US Embassy in Kabul starts destroying documents as #Taliban takeover over capital and president Ashraf Ghani evacuates the country to Tajikistan BBC News reported as government surrenders with overrun of three key cities in sweeping territorial gains,” by Susannah George, John Hudson, Rachel Pannett and Ezzatullah Mehrdad, Washington Post, August 13, 2021:
American officials here raced on Friday to prepare for a Taliban takeover. Inside the U.S. Embassy, diplomats began destroying classified documents and equipment on orders from embassy leadership. An internal memo, obtained by The Washington Post, implored staff to destroy sensitive materials using incinerators, disintegrators and “burn bins” present in the compound. The directive also called for the destruction of “embassy or agency logos, American flags, or items which could be misused in propaganda efforts.”…
#AceNewsReport – July.11: The magnitude 5.9 quake hit 27km (17 miles) east of Rasht district on Saturday morning: Tremors were also felt in the capital, Dushanbe, some 165km (100 miles) southwest of the epicentre.
TAJIKISTAN: Al Jazzera reports that at least five people have died after a 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit
“Dozens of houses were destroyed,” the Tajik committee for emergency situations said.
#AceWorldNews – KABUL – May 17 – Unidentified people opened fire on a car of Tajikistan’s consul in Fayzabad (the capital city of Afghanistan’s province Badakhshan) on Friday night. Rustam Makhmudi received several gunshots and was taken to hospital, a spokesman for the Tajikistani Foreign Ministry, Abulfize Atoyev, told Itar-Tass on Saturday.
“Now the diplomat is in hospital of the Afghan province of Kunduz where he underwent a surgical operation,” the spokesman said. “Local surgeons say he is in a moderate condition.”
Atoyev said that the armed people attacked the consul’s car on its route from Fayzabad to Kunduz.
#AceWorldNews – KABUL – May 02 – Afghan officials gave up hope on Saturday of finding any survivors from a landslide in the remote north-east, putting the death toll at more than 2,100, as the aid effort focused on the more than 4,000 people displaced.
Officials expressed concern that the unstable hillside above the site of the disaster may cave in again, threatening the thousands of homeless and hundreds of rescue workers who have arrived in Badakhshan province, bordering Tajikistan.
“More then 2,100 people from 300 families are all dead,” Naweed Forotan, a spokesman for the Badakhshan provincial governor, told Reuters.
#AceWorldNews – DUSHANBE – April 15. At least 15 people have been killed in mudslides in the south-east of Tajikistan last week. Half of them were children, sources from the republic’s Committee for Emergency Situations said on Monday.
“Three families from the settlement of Odinaboi in Shuroabad region were buried under a huge mudslide triggered by heavy rain.
The bodies of two more people from the neighboring Khamadoni and Vose regions were retrieved later,” committee spokesman Orif Nozimov said.
#AceWorldNews – DUSHANBE – March 31 – China is satisfied with the level of bilateral cooperation in all spheres, including military and military-technical and guarantees assistance to Tajikistan in the strengthening of its defence capacity,” Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan said.
He said China would supply military uniforms and help in the training of military personnel, adding that this would involve “hundreds of millions of dollars”.
The Chinese side also gave high marks to Tajikistan’s presidency of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which brings together China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
President Emomali Rakhmon, for his part, referred to China as “a good neighbour, a devoted friend and trustworthy partner”.
The Tajik leader praised cooperation of the two countries in the fight against drug expansion and other global challenges and threats.
#AceWorldNews – DUSHANBE, March 27 – Tajikistan’s national power company has restricted electricity supplies to residential homes in regions to four hours per day as reported by Tass.
Barqi Tojik said the falling of temperature affected power volumes generated by the country’s hydropower plant.
“Cold snap and slower deglaciation in the republic’s mountains affected the Panj river’s flow near the Nurek water reservoir, reducing it from 230 cubic meters per second to 130 cubic meters per second year-on-year. This decreased the generated current,” the company said.
Weather forecasters say such weather may last five-seven days as a minimum.
Not only rural residents felt blackouts. Several districts of the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, have been reporting power cuts over the past two days. Earlier on Thursday electricity was cut off at the main building of Russian-Tajik Slavonic University, which hosted an international conference on security problems in Central Eurasia.
Tajikistan had felt a strong shortage of electric power after the collapse of the Soviet Union, when a single energy network was destroyed.
The country’s authorities pin hope on the construction of several hydropower plants through investments promised by Russia and completion of the Rogun hydropower plant with a designed capacity of 3,600MW and the world’s highest 335-meter dam.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 26 – Chief of the Council of Russian Muftis, Dr. Ravil Gainutdin, and the leader of the Party for Islamic Revival of Tajikistan, Muhiddin Kabiri, have reached an agreement on collaboration for preventing the spread of extremist ideas among the guest workers from Tajikistan.
They had a meeting at Dr. Gainutdin’s Moscow residence, the press service of the Council of Muftis said.
#AceWorldNews : MOSCOW – That an objective assessment should be given to the situation in Ukraine, Tajik Foreign Minister Sirodzhiddin Aslov said after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Saturday.
“Tajikistan is deeply alarmed by the development of the situation in Ukraine,” Aslov said. “In our view, the events in Ukraine should be thought over and an objective assessment should be given to processes under-way there to prevent confrontation.”
Aslov recalled that in the early 1990’s, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Tajikistan “lived through political differences and confrontation that led the country to very serious social and economic consequences.”
“The undeniable facts of our nation’s bitter history remind us of the fragility of peace and of the necessity to have a strong political will and make great efforts to unite the nation, reach comprehensive accord and calm in the country,” he said.
Ukraine’s legitimate president, Viktor Yanukovich, was ousted in a violent uprising in February.
The parliament then took over and appointed an interim head of state and government, which Russia does not recognize.