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War & Terrorism


Over the past seven years, in the period 2008-2014, Tajikistan has increased military spending from the state budget more than twofold – from $50 million in 2008 to $104 million in 2014. This is stated in the report delivered by experts of SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute). According to the data presented, the share of military expenditures increased the following way: 1.0 percent of national GDP was spent on the defense in 2008, while in 2014 the share was already 1.1 percent, which in monetary terms amounts to $12.4 per capita.



Mass detention of persons suspected of involvement in the various extremist groups began in all regions of Uzbekistan. The news was reported by several local media, which noted that according to the data at their disposal, in Tashkent and Tashkent region, as well as in the Khorezm, Fergana and Kashkadarya regions about 200 people suspected of having links to the "Islamic State" have been detained.


To date, about 500 citizens of Kyrgyzstan, of which about a quarter (122 people) are women, are in Syria, where they take part in the war against the government of the country in the various international terrorist groups. This information was reported by the Prosecutor General of the country Indira Dzholdubaeva during her speech at the Seventh Regional Conference of the International Association of Prosecutors, held in Sochi for the states of Central Asia, Eastern and Central Europe.


Russia may resume its participation in the protection of the border between Tajikistan and neighboring Afghanistan, because of the recent intensification of actions of radical Islamic militants from groups based on Afghan territory. "I do not exclude that we will do it" - so the Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Yuri Borisov replied to a journalist question about the possibility of returning to the Tajik-Afghan border,. He also added that the issue would be discussed at the highest level, during the meeting of the Presidents of Russia and Tajikistan.


Over 30 thousand people are taking part in anti-terrorist and tactical exercises that are held for four days in Sogd garrison of Tajikistan. As reported by the national media, this event will involve not only representatives of law enforcement agencies, but also reservists, military commissioners and the heads of all districts and towns of Sogd region.


The Parliament of Kazakhstan discussed the project for introducing a number of legislative amendments concerning issues of combating terrorism and extremism. In particular, according to it, entrance to the country will be prohibited for potential terrorists and extremists. “According to the draft law, there will be administrative control and supervision over the individuals, who had once served a sentence for crimes of a terrorist nature.


In the Tajik city of Khorog, located on the territory of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region, unknown persons made an armed attack on the Regional Department of State National Security Committee. Such information was told reporters in the regional administration, which also noted that as a result of the shootout between gunmen and police officers, two of the attackers were killed. In addition, there are wounded, however, officials didn’t specify, to which party they belong.


Also they didn’t make any comments about the incident.


Anti-terrorist command-staff maneuvers under the name “Anti-terror-2014” were held in the petroleum depot territory in the Dmitrevka village of the Ysyk-Ata district of Kyrgyzstan on Thursday, May 15. This event was organized by the Anti-terrorist center of the State Committee of National Security of the Republic together with subjects of anti-terrorist activity of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the State Border Service, the Ministry of Defense, the Emergencies Ministry, the Ministry of Health and local governments.



Activities of 14 faith-based organizations were stopped in Kyrgyzstan, as the judicial authorities of the republic declared them to be extremist, terrorist or destructive. So reads the draft Concept of State Policy on religious matters. In particular, the document states that for nine years, from 2003 to 2012, the Republic's courts of various instances prohibited the activities of such terrorist, extremist and destructive organizations as The Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Hizb ut-Tahrir, Zhayshul Mahdi and several others.



During the first quarter of this year, the number crimes associated with extremism and terrorism and committed in the territory of Kazakhstan soared by more than 60 percent. A number of national media have been citing the statistics from the General Prosecutor Office of the Republic, according to which most of the total number of registered crimes of this type (50 cases) were committed on the grounds of national, social, racial, tribal or religious hatred.