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Leader of U.S. forces in Afghanistan also says Russia exaggerates numbers of IS fighters there to legitimize its ties with the Taliban.
Washington may be giving up on Kyrgyzstan, China ups its game in Tajikistan, and both keep a watchful eye on Moscow.
Turkey is increasingly hostile to religious exiles and other opponents of harsh Dushanbe regime, Tajik activists claim.
Central Asia’s once isolated states are increasingly seeking foreign money to kick start their economies.
Their ties have been strained for much of the quarter-century since independence, but Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are moving swiftly to patch things up.
In Tajikistan as well, religious institutions and their followers wrestle with new restrictions.
Government badly needs funds for a huge hydropower project it hopes will end the misery of winter blackouts.
Greece’s detention of a Tajik oppositionist has again raised questions about the abuse of the international criminal notice system.
Investors unable to find the country on a map are keen to buy bonds with the promise of attractive yields.