Tajikistan boosts troops on Afghan border

Threats of ISIL on the border with fighting from Afghanistan spilling into Tajikistan has forced the government to build up troops on its border

Tajikistan boosts troops on Afghan border

World Bulletin / News Desk

Tajikistan has boosted troop numbers on its frontier with Afghanistan, the border guard service said on Wednesday, due to security threats from armed smugglers, kidnappers and rebel fighters.

The border area is a major route for narcotics from Afghanistan, the world's main producer of opium used to make heroin, into Central Asia and on to Russis as well as Europe.

To ease the possible threat, Tajikistan has sent more troops to the border and has organised dozens of new outposts, border guard service spokesman Muhammad Ulugkhodzhayev said.

Separately, border guard commander Rajabali Rakhmonali told state-run newspaper Sadoi Mardum this week that Tajikistan was concerned about a potential spillover from the Afghan fighting.

"Strengthening confrontation between different militant groups, the emergence of terrorists belonging to the 'ISIL' group aggravate the situation, resulting in increased threats," he said.

 

 

Last Mod: 26 Ekim 2016, 10:44
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