U.S. trains Tajik forces in anti-terrorism

Jan. 30, 2007 at 8:51 AM
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DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The United States military is assisting with anti-terrorism training near the capital of Tajikistan, the Tajik national security body said.

RIA Novosti, quoting the body, reported American troops were in a joint training course at the Fakhrabad military training center near Dushanbe. The course began Jan 28 an ends March 9.

Tajik border guards and Special Forces units are being shown tactics in anti-terrorism and techniques to defend themselves against attacks by illegal armed groups.

This is the first joint military training that U.S. and Tajik forces have conducted.

Given its proximity to Afghanistan, NATO considers Tajikistan an ally in the war on terror and in promoting stability in the region. The United States allocated nearly $14 million to help bolster the borders of Tajikistan and improve the country's anti-narcotics programs.

Currently, 200 French troops and several aircraft are based in Tajikistan to back the NATO-led forces operating across the border in Afghanistan.

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