The Jamestown Foundation: Tajikistan Launches Military Operation in Remote Pamirs Region

Posted: July 29, 2012 in Confrontation, Language, Tajikistan

On July 24, Tajikistan’s government launched a military operation against an illegal armed group led by border-police commander Tolib Ayombekov, a former Islamist rebel whom authorities have accused of drug smuggling and brutal crimes. Tajikistani helicopter gunships involved in the operation strafed Khorog, the capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province (located in the mountainous remote region of Pamirs in southeastern Tajikistan). Twelve government personnel were killed and 23 injured in the day’s fighting, said Nozir Buriyev, the spokesman for Tajikistan’s State Committee for National Security. Government forces detained 40 rebels, including eight Afghan citizens, and killed 30 others, he said, adding that there have been no civilian casualties (Nezavisimaya Gazeta, July 26).

via The Jamestown Foundation: Tajikistan Launches Military Operation in Remote Pamirs Region.

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