Tajikistan has announced it will be conducting two separate military manoeuvres, one involving US troops, the other Russian. The US manoeuvres will involve 150 American and 100 Tajik personal, while the Russian exercise could involve 2,000 Russian and up to 50,000 Tajik troops. Both exercises reflect the strategic importance of Tajikistan to the US and Russia, as both countries try to contain the threat of conflict over-spill from Afghanistan, while also emphasising Russian dominance in the region. Military cooperation is likely to increase as Afghanistan experiences increased levels of violence in the next few months.
Tajikistan servicemen at the military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in the 1941–1945 Great Patriotic War (Courtesy of the offices of the President of Russia).