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Prosecutor Offers Amnesty To Tajik Fighters Who Return From Syria

The prosecutor in Tajikistan's northern province of Sughd says all Tajik citizens fighting in the ranks of rebel forces in Syria will be amnestied if they return to Tajikistan.

Speaking to journalists on July 7, Sharif Qurbonzoda called on Tajik militants in Syria to give up fighting and return home.

He said that unless the young men from Tajikistan committed serious crimes and were members of extremist organizations, they will all be amnestied and "assisted by the Tajik government to return to peaceful life in their homeland."

Hundreds of men and women from Central Asian countries reportedly have been fighting in Syria against the forces of President Bashar al-Assad.

Tajikistan's government has said that at least two Tajik citizens have been killed in clashes between Assad's forces and Islamic militants in Syria this year.