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Latest Tajikistan News

Tajik Officials Say 12 Attacks Prevented

Tajik authorities say they have arrested two men affiliated with the Islamic State extremist group who planned 12 terrorist attacks across the country. More

Tajik Mudslides Kill Seven

Mudslides and floods caused by melting glaciers have killed at least seven people in Tajikistan's eastern region of Gorno-Badakhshan over the last few days. More

Tajik News Media Faces New Restrictions

Tajik authorities say news outlets in the country are not allowed to report official news without citing the state-run news agency. More

Mudslides, Floods Hit Tajikistan

Mudslides and floods caused by rains and melting glaciers destroyed almost 60 houses, trade and cultural facilities, electricity lines, and an irrigation system in Tajikistan's eastern region of Gorno-Badakhshan over the last few days. More

Tajiks Detained In Turkey After Allegedly Trying To Join IS

Forty-five foreigners have been arrested in Turkey after allegedly trying to enter Syria illegally to join the Islamic State (IS) militant group, Turkish media said. More

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Latest Blog Posts

Will My IS Militant Husband Prefer His Houris Over Me When He's Dead?

If an Islamic State (IS) militant dies in battle and is awarded his 72 eternally young and beautiful virgins, will he forget all about his wife? This is a serious question for the women who join IS to marry a fighter. More

Tajikistan: The Far Outpost Of Great Powers

The risk to Tajikistan of Afghan spillover is probably not great, but it is real. Fortunately, China, Russia, and the United States take this threat to Tajikistan very seriously, and their combined efforts arguably make Tajikistan the Central Asian state least likely to experience serious difficulties emanating from Afghanistan. More
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Features & Commentary

Young Tajiks Embrace Skype Marriages

When it comes to family matters, young Tajiks appear to be taking full advantage of new technology.

Bad News: Tajikistan Tells Officials To Speak First To State Media

Dushanbe's new directive to officials to speak first to the state news agency could dramatically reduce independent journalists' access to information.

'IS Babies' -- The Chilling New Trend Among Islamic State Militants

The sharing of baby and toddler photos has become a disturbing new phenomenon among Islamic State recruits who've come from the Russian Federation and Central Asia.

Tajiks Want Statue Immortalizing 'Bear Man'

Tajik social media users are raising money to build a statue of a man who used to roam the streets of Dushanbe in the company of an unusual pet: a big brown bear named Maria.

Central Asian Migrants Sue Russian Employer Over Unpaid Wages

Dozens of street sweepers from Central Asia are combining forces to take their Russian employer to court over unpaid wages.

Video Islamic Party Members Resign En Masse In Tajikistan

As dozens of party members and officials publicly announce their departure from Tajikistan's Islamic Renaissance Party, its leaders are putting on a brave face and saying the situation does not reflect reality.

Tajik IS Militants Told 'Return And Repent, And You'll Be Forgiven'

Tajikistan has taken a forgiving stance when it comes to its citizens who voluntarily leave the Islamic State militant group and want to return home.

Mystery Of Missing Tajik OMON Commander Deepens

Tajik authorities vow to shed light on the fate of a missing OMON commander amid sensational reports he was arrested abroad while holding a fake passport and extradited home.

Reporter's Notebook: After Years Of Work In Russia, An Uzbek Wedding In Tajikistan

Anvar wanted to have a traditional Muslim wedding, rather than the vodka-soaked nuptials ubiquitous in Soviet Tajikistan. He had worked for years in Russia to build his own house. And now the day had come.

For Victory Day, Post-Soviets Show Their Colors -- Just Not Orange And Black

Red, purple, pink, blue-and-gold. Many people in post-Soviet countries are choosing any color, it seems, for their Victory Day symbols -- just not the orange-and-black of Russia's St. George ribbon.
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