As US withdrawal nears and the Taliban makes sweeping territorial gains, Russia’s security presence in Central Asia and diplomatic involvement in Afghanistan is rapidly growing.
The ex-Soviet Central Asian country says it has tents, bedding, and other materials for potential refugees, adding it could absorb more refugees if necessary.
The exercise is the first of its kind in the country’s 30-year history as fears grow for spillover effects of US and NATO withdrawal from bordering Afghanistan.
The best scenario for the Afghan government appears to reestablish a political stalemate with the Taliban, but even that could favour the armed group in the long run.
Fighting has raged across several provinces of Afghanistan, but Taliban insurgents have primarily focused on a campaign across the northern countryside, seizing scores of districts in the past two months.
Turkey is a US ally and a NATO member, but under President Erdogan’s assertive foreign policy, Ankara has shown the capacity to go its own way if necessary.
Regional analysts are largely optimistic about the constitutional changes but some have urged caution.
Kyrgyzstan on Saturday announced that its death toll had risen from 31 to 33 in recent border clashes with Tajikistan over water resources.
Kyrgyzstan said it also evacuated 11,500 citizens following clashes with Tajikistan, after the pair agreed on a ceasefire following the worst fighting at their disputed border in years.
At least one person was killed in cross-border shelling between the two Central Asian republics over a water reservoir and pumping station located on the Isfara river, which both countries claim as their own.
Kyrgyz presidents will now be able to run for office for a second time, reversing the single-term limit imposed on leaders during an overhaul of the basic law in 2010.
Aizada Kanatbekova was abducted for marriage in a practice known as bride kidnapping on April 5 and found strangled two days later, with her suspected murderer who had died from seemingly self-inflicted knife wounds.
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