21 oct 2021 20:38 GMT
Rapidly deployed troops from six former Soviet Union countries are conducting various drills on the territory of Tajikistan, in Central Asia, in the context of the escalation in neighboring Afghanistan.
Russia and its allies in five former Soviet republics have deployed more than 4,000 troops and more than 500 units of military equipment in Tajikistan, a mountainous Central Asian country bordering Afghanistan.
The drills are carried out with the aim of being better prepared for a possible escalation of a military conflict on the Tajik-Afghan border, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
Six countries (Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) are participating in the Boevoye Bratstvo-2021 (Brotherhood in Combat-2021) series of military exercises, which began this week at the Jarbmaidon training ground in the south. of Tajikistan, and that will also take place in other polygons of that country until October 23.
The units participating in the drills are part of the so-called rapid deployment forces, formed by Russia and its allies within the Collective Security Treaty.
Several international terrorist groups linked to the Islamic State, including militants with combat experience in Syria and Iraq, operate in Afghanistan, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned in a meeting with the heads of regional security agencies.
The situation in the region escalated after US-led troops were withdrawn from Afghanistan, allowing the Taliban to take over the country. In recent months, terrorists linked to the Islamic State have carried out several deadly attacks in different parts of the Afghan territory.