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July 31, 2009

Is Fighting in Afghanistan, Pakistan Spilling Into Tajikistan?

Abdujalil Abdurasulov, a contributor to The Christian Science Monitor, reported July 30, 2009, that “A spate of militant clashes in Tajikistan may indicate that the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan are spilling beyond their borders – a top concern for neighboring Central Asian nations and Russia.” See “Afghan, Pakistani conflicts spilling into Central Asian states?

“The rise in violence comes as Pakistan wraps up an assault on militants in the north and Western forces intensify a campaign against insurgents in Afghanistan ahead of an Aug. 20 election,” he wrote in a dispatch datelined Dushanbe, Tajikistan. “The offensives may be pushing foreigners fighting in either country to flee the conflict and return home.”

If you want to read a good book on Islam and Central Asia, see Ahmed Rashid’s informative “Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia.

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