The jets have been based at Dushanbe's main airport since May, supporting operations by NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in neighboring Afghanistan.
They were originally meant to stay for three to four months.
Military Bases In Central Asia
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PROJECTING POWER: Since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the onset of the war on terror, Central Asia has played an important role in military-security issues. At times, Russia and the West have clashed over questions related to military deployments. RFE/RL has provided extensive coverage of this increasingly important geopolitical matter.
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