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Tajik Police Commander, Trained in U.S., Appears to Rise in Islamic State Ranks
Unconfirmed accounts say Gulmurod Khalimov has been promoted to military commander of the group, and the State Department reward for his capture appears to confirm his high status.
China-Led Development Bank Starts With $509 Million in Loans for 4 Projects
With its first four loans, the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank planned to fund projects in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Tajikistan.
Afghan Lovers Begin an Asylum Odyssey in New York
Zakia and Mohammad Ali, whose families oppose their union because they are from different sects, are seeking a new life in the United States.
John Kerry Is Cautious on Human Rights During Uzbekistan Visit
On the second stop of a Central Asian tour, Mr. Kerry found himself struggling over how hard, and how publicly, to press one of the harshest authoritarian governments in the world.
Tajikistan: U.N. Agency Rebukes Government Over Crackdown on Opposition Party
The high commissioner for human rights reprimanded Tajikistan for its crackdown on the only genuine opposition party in the country.
Putin Defends Russian Stance on Syria
President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Tuesday defended Russia’s continued military support of the Syrian government, saying that without it, the refugee crisis in Europe would be worse.
Islamist Rebels and the Police Clash in Tajikistan, Killing 17
The government said a deputy defense minister, Maj. Gen. Abdukhalim Nazarzoda, had sided with the Islamist rebels and fled after the clashes.
Kazakhstan’s Currency Plunges
Financial analysts say the currencies of Kazakhstan’s neighbors in Central Asia will likely fall, as well.
Jihad’s New Frontier: Tajikistan
Militant groups, aligning with the Islamic State, are threatening former Soviet republics.
Police Commander From Tajikistan Appears in ISIS Video
Col. Gulmurod Khalimov, who led an elite police division, vanished last month. In the video, he declares his intention to wage jihad in Central Asia.
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