New York Times: Clashes in Tajikistan Between Police and Islamists Kill 17
MOSCOW — Long-simmering unrest and infighting in the leadership in Tajikistan flared on Friday when the government accused a deputy defense minister of siding with Islamists in clashes with the police that killed 17 people.
Tajikistan has not been fully at peace since a civil war in the 1990s. It borders Afghanistan, and for years, the Afghan war has threatened to spill over into the country as the United States winds down its military presence in the region.
The government is wobbly, divided between an authoritarian president and an Islamist opposition group composed of former militants, in a power-sharing arrangement put in place under a 1997 peace accord that never really stuck.
More News On Armed Battles Between Police And Islamists In Tajikistan
Police Clash With Gunmen in Tajikistan, 17 Dead -- AP
Outbreak of Violence in Tajikistan Leaves 17 Dead -- WSJ
17 people killed in armed attacks organized by Tajikistan’s deputy defense minister -- RT
Tajik policemen killed in attacks on state buildings -- Al Jazeera