Tajikistan will move 20,000 troops to its border with Afghanistan

Following the escalation of war in north and northeastern Afghanistan, Tajik President, Emomali Rahmon, has ordered the deployment of 20,000 reservists to bolster security across the border with Afghanistan.

Tajik president instructed the country’s defense minister to do so in a meeting of Tajikistan’s Security Council convened on Monday, July 05.

According to the National Information Agency of Tajikistan Khovar, the Council’s permanent members and head of military structures and law enforcement agencies attended the Council’s meeting.

This comes after the Taliban militant group overran several districts in the northern and northeastern provinces of Afghanistan which share borders with Tajikistan.

The Taliban’s advances has raised concerns in a number of Central Asian countries including Tajikistan.

More than 1,500 Afghan security and defense forces have retreated to Tajikistan following Taliban attacks, according to the Tajik news agency.