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Retired Tajik Officer's Son Killed Fighting In Syria

A retired senior regional police officer in Tajikistan, Colonel Jumahon Muhtorov, says his son has been killed while fighting alongside Islamic militants in Syria. More

Local workers at the 201st Russian military base in Kulob protest against the nonpaymant of their salaries on April 15.

Tajik Employees Of Russian Base Protest Over Unpaid Wages

Dozens of local civilian support staff at a Russian military base in Tajikistan are protesting, saying they haven't received their wages in six months. More

Karakalpak Activist Says Uzbek Authorities Arrested His Relatives

Uzbek activist Aman Sagidullaev, who is in self-imposed exile in Kyrgyzstan, says Uzbek authorities have arrested five of his brothers over his political activities. More

The committee said the ban was intended to give older Muslims a greater opportunity to undertake the hajj, as Saudi Arabia limits the number of pilgrims from each country annually.

Tajiks Under 35 Banned From Hajj

Many in the Central Asian country believe the ban is an attempt to prevent young Tajiks from developing radical ideas and joining extremist groups such as Islamic State (IS). More

Top Tajik Official: NGOs A Threat

The chairman of Tajikistan’s State Committee for National Security, Saimumin Yatimov, has accused nongovernmental organizations of posing a threat to the Central Asian nation's security. More

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Uzbekistan Would 'Cooperate With Russia' To Combat Domestic Security Threat By IS

Uzbekistan is taking "necessary measures" to counter the threat of the Islamic State (IS) militant group to domestic security, and would cooperate with Russia in the event of any mobilization by IS on Uzbek soil, Tashkent-based political analyst Rafik Saifullin says. More

CSTO Meets In Tajikistan To Discuss IS Threat

Members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) have met in Tajikistan to discuss the threat posed by the rise of the Islamic State (IS) group in Afghanistan. More
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Features & Commentary

Video Tajiks Weigh Ban On 'Bad Names'

In the latest round of Tajikistan's effort to influence what its citizens name their children, authorities are set to ban names they deem insulting, demeaning, or foreign to Tajik culture.

Video Tajik Man Told To 'Kill Everyone Brutally' During Training To Join Islamic State

A Tajik man has surrendered himself to authorities after allegedly undergoing "jihadi training" at a Turkish mosque as a potential Islamic State recruit. Parviz Nabiev spoke to RFE/RL's Tajik Service about his experience and ultimate disillusionment.

Central Asia Medical Workers Struggle To Escape Yemen Violence

The conflict in Yemen has left hundreds of Central Asian medical workers struggling to find a way out.

New Chinese Bank Becomes Major Headache For U.S.

China's decision to establish a new China-led development bank for Asia is causing major headaches in Washington. As countries -- including, now, Russia -- rush in to join the bank before a March 31 deadline, the United States looks increasingly isolated.

Video In Tajikistan, Too Much Cousin Love Could Be Causing Birth Defects

Tajikistan is considering a ban on marriages between first cousins, a long-standing tradition that doctors believe is the cause of many birth defects in the country.

U.S. Reassesses Central Asia Strategy

The State Department says it has completed a review of U.S. policy toward Central Asia at a time of economic and political uncertainty in the region.

Video Tajik Prostitutes Seek Protection In The Hijab

The fear of insults and attacks has prompted some Tajik street prostitutes to literally go undercover; that is, under the Islamic hijab.

The Wrong Qayumov: A Tajik Killing And A Case Of Mistaken Identity

A Tajik man whose name is the same as a suspect in the slaying of an opposition figure has been forced take evasive action after receiving death threats.

Slaying Of Tajik Opposition Leader Draws Nemtsov Comparisons

Following the killing of a wanted Tajik opposition leader on the streets of Istanbul, it didn't take long for fellow oppositionists to draw comparisons to the recent assassination of Boris Nemtsov in Russia.

Tajikistan's Islamic Renaissance Party On Life Support

A resounding election defeat in Tajikistan's parliamentary elections has Central Asia's only Islamic party on the ropes.
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