Russia and Tajikistan to hold joint counter-terrorism drills, Russian Military


MOSCOW: Russia and Tajikistan will be holding joint counter-terrorism drills on March 27-30, according to the press service of Russia’s Central Military District.

On March 27-30, 2017 joint command and staff exercises will be held on operating a combined group of forces of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tajikistan,” the Friday statement says.

The drills will be held at training fields of the Tajik Defense Ministry, as well as at the Russian 201st Military Base in Tajikistan, the statement said.

Tajikistan has become the world’s leading exporter of suicide bombers to Daesh and extremism has been growing in the Central Asian nation.

Russia’s military involvement in Syria and recent support for Taliban in Afghanistan shows that Russia is not taking any chances with Daesh to advance towards its territories.

Around 1,100 Tajiks are believed to be fighting in Syria and Iraq, with an additional 300 having been killed there in recent years.

Two Tajiks were also behind the March 8th Kabul military hospital attack that left at least 49 dead.