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  • Russian pullout from Ukraine's Kherson region is 'positive' move: Erdogan

    11/10/2022 8:38:14 AM PST · by marcusmaximus · 15 replies
    TRT World ^ | 11/10/2022 | TRT
    Russia's decision to pull its forces back from the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson was "positive and important," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. "Russia's decision regarding Kherson is positive, an important decision," told reporters in the capital Ankara on Thursday before leaving for a summit of Turkic countries in Uzbekistan. Vowing to maintain dialogue with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Erdogan's comments came after Moscow ordered its troops on Wednesday to withdraw from Kherson to the east bank of the Dnieper River. "I don't know whether there will be Russian participation in the G20 or not. We'll have...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - A Total Lunar Eclipse Over Tajikistan

    11/07/2022 11:36:33 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 3 replies ^ | 7 Nov, 2022 | Video Credit & Copyright: Jean-Luc Dauvergne (Ciel et Espace); Music: Valère Leroy & Sophie Huet (Sp
    Explanation: If the full Moon suddenly faded, what would you see? The answer was recorded in a dramatic time lapse video taken during the total lunar eclipse in 2011 from Tajikistan. During a total lunar eclipse, the Earth moves between the Moon and the Sun, causing the moon to fade dramatically. The Moon never gets completely dark, though, since the Earth's atmosphere refracts some light. As the featured video begins, the scene may appear to be daytime and sunlit, but actually it is a nighttime and lit by the glow of the full Moon. As the Moon becomes eclipsed and...
  • "The lieutenant colonel said that Allah is a coward." Religious conflict could be the reason for the shooting at the training ground in Belgorod - Astra

    10/16/2022 3:07:57 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 29 replies
    The Insider ^ | 16 October 2022 08:06 | The Insider
    One of those present at the training ground in Belgorod during the execution by some mobilized others told the Astra Telegram channel that the cause of the conflict could be religious - shortly before the incident, Lieutenant Colonel Andrey Lapin said that Allah is a coward, since he does not allow Muslims to fight for a country where you took an oath. The authors of the material emphasize that at the time of publication they were unable to independently confirm the identity of either the narrator himself or the identity of other persons appearing in the story. “It all started...
  • China calls its citizens to leave Ukraine – Tajikistan and Kazakhstan too

    10/16/2022 3:08:19 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 28 replies
    Strange Sounds ^ | 10/16/22 | Strange Sounds
    China called on its citizens still in Ukraine to strengthen security precautions and evacuate the country given the severe security situation within Ukraine on Saturday. The appeal was made by the Foreign Ministry and China’s embassy in Ukraine in a news release. Already last week, the Chinese Embassy in Ukraine had issued three successive notices, reiterating the grave safety situation in the country, reminding Chinese nationals to take emergency shelter and prepare emergency supplies.
  • Now Putin has to listen to lectures from the President of TAJIKISTAN: Central Asian Republic boss berates Russian leader and tells him: 'We want to be respected'

    10/15/2022 2:08:23 PM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/14/2022 | Walter Finch
    Vladimir Putin was given a stern dressing down by the president of Tajikistan in another indicator that the Russian dictator has lost respect and influence in his own backyard. Fellow longstanding dictator Emomali Rahmon, ruler of the Central Asian state of 9 million since 1994, seized upon Putin's woes back home and in Ukraine to give him a piece of his mind and tell him how he really feels during a summit in the Kazakh capital of Astana. A glum and awkward looking Putin slouched back in his chair and took the seven minute tirade as a host of Central...
  • At least 11 killed, 15 wounded in attack at Russia military training ground, RIA reports

    10/15/2022 1:46:50 PM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/15/2022 | Reuters
    At least 11 people were killed and 15 more wounded at a Russian military training ground on Saturday when two attackers opened fire on a group of volunteers who wished to fight in Ukraine, RIA news agency said. The deadly incident is just the latest in a series of high-profile setbacks for Moscow's forces since the Feb. 24 invasion. RIA, citing the defence ministry, said the two assailants had been shot dead after the attack in the southwestern Belgorod region, which borders Ukraine. It said they were nationals from a former Soviet republic but did not give any details. "During...
  • Clash erupts between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan border guards

    09/14/2022 1:00:25 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies ^ | 14 Sep 2022
    The Tajik side said in a statement that Kyrgyz border guards opened unprovoked gun and mortar fire on their outpost, killing one border guard and injuring another two, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. Kyrgyzstan did not immediately report any casualties. More than one-third of the two countries’ 1,000km (600-mile) border remains disputed. Both Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are allied with Russia and host Russian military bases, but fighting over border issues is frequent and last year almost resulted in an all-out war between the former Soviet republics. Russia called on its Central Asian allies to take urgent measures to bring...
  • Iran to become full SCO member at September summit in Samarkand

    09/07/2022 7:34:20 AM PDT · by FarCenter · 2 replies
    Tehran (AsiaNews) – Iran will become a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) with the signing of the memorandum of obligation at a summit in Samarkand, on 15-16 September. “This year, within Uzbekistan's chairmanship, Iran, as an observer state will ... become a full-fledged member of the SCO,” RIA Novosti quoted Uzbek Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov as saying yesterday during a meeting in Moscow. Iran took one step closer to full membership on 17 September last year when its application was accepted 15 years after it was made. On that date, SCO began the country's accession, which usually...
  • Archaeologists Uncover an Ancient Palace That May Be the Long-Lost Summer Home of Genghis Khan’s Warrior Grandson

    08/02/2022 5:01:14 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Artnet ^ | July 25, 2022 | Sarah Cascone
    Archaeologists in Turkey have discovered the remains of an ancient palace that may have belonged to Hulagu Khan, a grandson of Genghis Khan.The site in eastern Turkey's Van province, in the Caldiran district, is currently being excavated.Hulagu Khan, a Mongol warlord who lived from about 1217 to 1265, achieved military renown for leading several expeditions, including the sack of Baghdad in 1258.After the Mongol Empire splintered in 1259, Hulagu Khan became the ruler of the Mongol Ilkhanid State in the Middle East, which at its height included territory in what is now Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Armenia, Georgia, Afghanistan,...
  • Russia Working on Taliban Ties, Putin Says in Tajikistan

    06/28/2022 1:09:19 PM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 8 replies
    US News ^ | 6/28/2022 | AP
    President Vladimir Putin says Russia is trying to build relations with the Taliban and that Russia wants to see all the ethnic groups in Afghanistan take part in running the country. Putin's statement Tuesday came in a meeting with President Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan during the Russian leader's first trip abroad since the beginning of the Ukraine conflict.
  • Putin to make first foreign trips since launching Ukraine war (Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Belarus)

    06/26/2022 2:53:28 PM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | 6/26/2022 | Reuters
    Vladimir Putin will visit two small former Soviet states in central Asia this week, Russian state television reported on Sunday, in what would be the Russian leader’s first known trip abroad since ordering the invasion of Ukraine. -snip- Pavel Zarubin, the Kremlin correspondent of the Rossiya 1 state television station, said Putin would visit Tajikistan and Turkmenistan and then meet Indonesian President Joko Widodo for talks in Moscow. In Dushanbe, Putin will meet Tajik President Imomali Rakhmon, a close Russian ally and the longest-serving ruler of a former Soviet state. In Ashgabat, he will attend a summit of Caspian nations...
  • Afghan Resistance, in Startling Report, Says It Has Liberated Districts in Northern Panjshir Region from Taliban

    05/07/2022 8:41:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    New York Sun ^ | 05/07/2022 | John Bennett
    Afghanistan’s National Resistance Front, an opposition group, is claiming this evening to be on the verge of victories over the Taliban in several districts in the country’s Northeastern provinces. The NRF, which describes itself as “the last force fighting for the restoration of democracy in Afghanistan,” expressed hopes that these victories were the first steps in an effort to liberate the country from Taliban rule. It noted, though, that it was working without foreign aid that could bolster its efforts. Security analysts, meanwhile, expressed skepticism over whether the NRF could topple the new regime in Kabul, though noting the Taliban...
  • Russia’s arms sales could go to zero over Ukraine

    05/03/2022 6:09:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies
    Asia Times ^ | March 8, 2022 | Stephen Bryen
    The poor performance of Russian equipment deployed in the Ukraine war is bound to be giving global buyers second thoughts.How can it be that a large Russian army attacking force, capable of causing untold destruction, is being checkmated and systematically devastated by Ukraine’s military, in particular its special forces?And what impact will this have on the Russian army and its industrial backbone, the Russian companies that build the tanks, armored personnel carriers, mobile air defenses and aircraft including fixed-wing and helicopters ­– all of which have suffered extreme losses in the conflict?Russia’s exports consist of various commodities, most prominently wheat,...
  • Chinese Regime Releases Photo of Official at Center of Defection Rumors Purportedly Attending Meeting in Beijing

    06/24/2021 5:46:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 06/24/2021 | Nicole Hao
    Dong Jingwei, who has been rumored to be a high-ranking defector to the United States, attended a meeting in Beijing on June 23, according to the Chinese Ministry of Public Security (MPS). The MPS announced on its website that Dong participated in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) security meeting in Beijing on Wednesday, as a member of the China team which was led by Zhao Kezhi, China’s public security minister. In the announcement, the ministry released a photo, in which Dong was sitting at the right end of the table. This is the first time that the Chinese regime has...
  • Why Iran fears chaos in Afghanistan [waaah!]

    11/02/2021 10:30:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | October 26, 2021 | Shabnam von Hein
    Iran is hosting a meeting of... the foreign ministers of Iran, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Russia holding talks in the Iranian capital Tehran on Afghanistan's political future and the formation of a new government...Iran's population is majority Shiite but Sunni minorities live predominantly in the areas near the border with Afghanistan. The Sunnis have long complained about discrimination by Iranian authorities.Due to dilapidated infrastructure and a lack of health and educational facilities, the areas near the Afghan border are the poorest and least developed in Iran...But Fatemeh Aman, an Iran expert at the Washington-based Middle East Institute (MEI),...
  • Pakistan’s meek surrender to Tehreek-e-Labbaik was inevitable

    11/01/2021 8:08:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    / ^ | November 2, 2021 | by C. Raja Mohan
    Islamabad apparently bought peace with the TLP. As in its frequent mobilisations over the last few years, the TLP has once again forced the Pakistani state onto the backfoot and enhanced its own political clout. A relatively new phenomenon, the TLP, was founded in 2015 by Khadim Hussain Rizvi, a firebrand cleric who died in November 2020. It now has a strong following among Pakistan’s Barelvi sect. At the heart of TLP’s ideology is the protection of the Prophet’s honour and a vigorous defence of Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws. In Pakistan, anyone deemed to have insulted Islam or the Prophet...
  • Ex-ambassador: SCO membership will force the West to provide facilities to Iran

    09/14/2021 8:35:45 PM PDT · by Right Wing Vegan · 4 replies
    Tehran Times ^ | 9/14/2021
    TEHRAN – Iran is set to become a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) which currently consists of China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The SCO leaders will meet in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, September on Tuesday. President Ebrahim Raisi of Iran will participate at the summit. Iran’s membership of the organization is set to be endorsed in the summit. So far Iran has been an observer member. Mehdi Safari, the former Iranian ambassador to China and Russia, has said that with Iran's permanent membership in the SCO, the West will understand that the space for Iran...
  • The Lost Greek Cities of Central Asia

    09/05/2021 5:43:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 3, 2021 | toldinstone
    For centuries, Bactria - a region shared by modern Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan - was part of the Hellenistic world. Conquered by Alexander the Great, Bactria became the heart of a powerful Greek kingdom. And even after the Greco-Bactrian kingdom was overrun by nomads, its cities continued to thrive. This video explores their fates.The Lost Greek Cities of Central Asia | September 3, 2021 | toldinstone
  • Report: Oklahoma Congressman Missing After Secret Rescue Attempt in Afghanistan

    09/01/2021 7:33:03 AM PDT · by AAABEST · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08-31-21 | PAUL BOIS
    Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) has reportedly gone missing after attempting a rogue evacuation mission to rescue five American citizens that President Joe Biden’s administration left behind in Afghanistan. According to the Washington Post, U.S. officials are now “unsure of Mullin’s location” after he requested help from the U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan on Monday with his evacuation of a woman and her four children. From the report:
  • Afghanistan: Soldiers flee to Tajikistan after Taliban clashes

    07/05/2021 11:02:26 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 34 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7/5/2021 | BBC News
    More than 1,000 Afghan soldiers have fled to neighboring Tajikistan after clashing with Taliban militants, officials have said. The troops retreated over the border to "save their own lives", according to a statement by Tajikistan's border guard. Violence has risen in Afghanistan and the Taliban have been making significant gains, particularly in the north of the country, in recent weeks. The surge coincides with the end of NATO's 20-year military mission. The vast majority of the remaining foreign forces in Afghanistan have been withdrawn early ahead of a September deadline...