Russia to Form Gun Truck Battalions

Related: Russian Army Forms a Battalion Equipped With Technicals Before the end of 2022, the Russian Army is supposed to field “sub-units” (battalions, companies, etc.) of gun trucks with its forces in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, an MOD source has informed Izvestiya. KamAZ and Ural trucks will get armor and machine guns, automatic grenade launchers, or even … Continue reading “Russia to Form Gun Truck Battalions”

Did the US-funded Afghan Border Outpost Help Tajikistan in Neutralizing ISIS Terrorists?

On November 6th, early in the morning at 7:50 AM local time, the Interior Ministry of the Republic of Tajikistan published a statement about an attack on a Tajik border outpost in “Ishqobod” along the border with Uzbekistan. … The post Did the US-funded Afghan Border Outpost Help Tajikistan in Neutralizing ISIS Terrorists? appeared first on … Continue reading “Did the US-funded Afghan Border Outpost Help Tajikistan in Neutralizing ISIS Terrorists?”

Nobody Has a Plan for Thousands of ISIS Fighters Detained by Kurds in Syria

Despite all the disastrous consequences of Donald Trump’s Syria policy, the U.S. president has in fact been right in one respect: The world has done far too little to find a solution for the individuals who once made up the Islamic State. In pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, Trump has said that Turkey is … Continue reading “Nobody Has a Plan for Thousands of ISIS Fighters Detained by Kurds in Syria”

From Kabul: Youth on the Road to Peace

Photo: Dr. Hakim Young. In September 2019, facing everyday dangers of the war and under constant pressure to view those from other tribes as enemies, young people from each of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces gathered for a three day “On the Road to Peace” conference in Kabul. 30th September 2019 / 8th Mezan 1398. Despite the … Continue reading “From Kabul: Youth on the Road to Peace”

Who Wins in China’s Great Central Asia Spending Spree?

by Sam Bhutia Cynics often ask if China’s flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has increased trade between China and its neighbors, or if it threatens to trap participants in debt. There are myriad reasons why countries sign on to the BRI. Some seek to plug gaps in domestic infrastructure, some to improve global trade … Continue reading “Who Wins in China’s Great Central Asia Spending Spree?”

Mental Patient Stabs 2 Russian Servicemen in Tajikistan – Tajik Interior Ministry

“Two service members from the Bokhtar-quartered unit of the 201st Russian military base… were attacked by a mentally unstable resident of Bokhtar, who inflicted several stab wounds on them,” a source in the ministry said. The assailant, they said, is an outpatient of a psychiatric clinic. The wounded personnel were taken to a hospital in … Continue reading “Mental Patient Stabs 2 Russian Servicemen in Tajikistan – Tajik Interior Ministry”

China, India and Pakistan Join Russia’s Massive Annual Military Drill

Chinese participation in similar Vostok drills last year has not alienated India but has to the contrary spurred New Delhi to take part itself The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has dispatched more than 1,600 troops, aircraft, tanks, and military support equipment to a large-scale Russian military exercise, dubbed Center-2019 (Tsentr-2019), held from September 16 … Continue reading “China, India and Pakistan Join Russia’s Massive Annual Military Drill”

Central Asian steppes mutely watch Taliban’s surge

Pamir Highway between Osh and Khorog near Tajik-Afghan border Compared to the events two decades ago when the Afghan Taliban appeared in the Amu Darya region in northern Afghanistan and Central Asian states and Russia went into feverish tantrums, there is an eerie calm palpable in the steppes today.  The contrast couldn’t be sharper. In … Continue reading “Central Asian steppes mutely watch Taliban’s surge”

How America’s Wars End (Messily)

by Danny Sjursen Could Donald Trump end the Afghan war someday? I don’t know if such a possibility has been on your mind, but it’s certainly been on the mind of this retired U.S. Army major who fought in that land so long ago. And here’s the context in which I’ve been thinking about that … Continue reading “How America’s Wars End (Messily)”

Shifting Sands: Chinese Encroachment in Central Asia and Challenges to U.S. Supremacy in the Gulf

by James M. Dorsey China and Russia are as much allies as they are rivals. A joint Tajik-Chinese military exercise in a Tajik region bordering on China’s troubled north-western region of Xinjiang suggests that increased Chinese-Russian military cooperation has not eroded gradually mounting rivalry in Central Asia, long viewed by Moscow as its backyard. The … Continue reading “Shifting Sands: Chinese Encroachment in Central Asia and Challenges to U.S. Supremacy in the Gulf”

What Iran Could Do to Support the Europeans

by Heinz Gärtner The EU-3 (France, Germany, and the United Kingdom) and three other UN-Security Council members (U.S., China, and Russia) negotiated an agreement with Iran in July 2015 in Vienna that limited Iran’s nuclear program, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This agreement, widely hailed by arms control experts, is based … Continue reading “What Iran Could Do to Support the Europeans”

Russian Neighbouring Country Gives China Rights to Major Silver Deposit

An agreement to develop the major Yakchilva deposit, which is estimated to have 205 tonnes of silver, was signed between the Tajikistan government and China’s Kashgar Xinyu Dadi Mining Investment company, the local Radio Ozodi station reported. The details of the deal on which the government allowed the Chinese company to develop the deposit remain … Continue reading “Russian Neighbouring Country Gives China Rights to Major Silver Deposit”

Modi Discovers Eurasia, Swings Back From US to China and Russia

  The Bishkek Declaration, issued after the summit meeting (June 14-15) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation devotes one sentence praising China’s Belt and Road Initiative: “The Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan reaffirm their support for China’s Belt and … Continue reading “Modi Discovers Eurasia, Swings Back From US to China and Russia”

US Intel Officers in Kabul: The Taliban Are Fighting the Real Terrorist Threat From Afghanistan, Islamic State

The Islamic State group has lost its caliphate in Syria and Iraq, but in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan the group is expanding its footprint, recruiting new fighters and plotting attacks on the United States and other Western countries, according to U.S. and Afghan security officials. Nearly two decades after the U.S.-led invasion, the … Continue reading “US Intel Officers in Kabul: The Taliban Are Fighting the Real Terrorist Threat From Afghanistan, Islamic State”

China’s green planning for the world starts with infrastructure

The United States is retreating from the global community under a president who rejected the Paris Climate Accords and denigrates NAFTA and NATO. This provides an opportunity for China to play a greater role in global affairs. This provides the backdrop for the 19th Party Congress, as China seeks to balance external influence with domestic … Continue reading “China’s green planning for the world starts with infrastructure”

RussiaGate is Dead! Long Live Russiagate!

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair Now that Mueller’s $40 million Humpty Trumpty investigation is over and found wanting of its original purpose (to retire Trump), perhaps the ruling class can return without interruption to the business of destroying the world with ordnance, greenhouse gases, and regime changes. A few more CIA-organized blackouts in Venezuela (it’s … Continue reading “RussiaGate is Dead! Long Live Russiagate!”