Afghanistan’s neighbor Tajikistan conducts the largest military exercise in history

Dushanbe-Tajikistan, north of Afghanistan, conducted the largest military exercise in history involving the entire army of Central Asian nations on Thursday, and President Emomali Rahmon warned during a fight south of the border.

In Afghanistan, U.S.-led foreign troops have completed their withdrawal, and the Taliban have occupied districts and border crossings and launched large-scale attacks, raising concerns, mainly due to combat in Afghanistan. ..

Tajikistan has mobilized 130,000 men from reserves in addition to 100,000 active duty personnel for a three-hour exercise on Thursday, Lakmon said in a military parade.

Rakmon’s office said in a statement that more than 1,000 military vehicles, hundreds of cannons and mortars, and dozens of aircraft, including helicopters, were deployed.

“Due to the volatile situation in the region, I remind the Tajikistan people once again that they must be ready to uphold the peace and stability achieved at a high price,” Rahmon said in a speech on state television. Said in.

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An overview of the post-national military exercise parade in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on July 22, 2021. (Distribution via Tajikistan Presidential Press / Reuters)
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President Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan will attend a parade following a national military exercise in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on July 22, 2021. (Distribution via Tajikistan Presidential Press Service / Reuters)

Rahmon said 20,000 soldiers had been dispatched from the reserve to strengthen the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

Hundreds of Afghan soldiers withdrew from the Taliban attack this month and crossed the border into Tajikistan. Tajikistan later sent them back as the Kabul government arranged a special flight to return the soldiers.

Russia, which operates a military base in Tajikistan, plans to hold joint training next month with Uzbekistan, another former Soviet republic that borders Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

Interfax news agency said Russian military officials said the new infantry fighting vehicle had already been delivered to a Russian base and would be used in future training to take place near the Afghan border.

Nazarari Pilnazarov