Tajikistan on Thursday checked the fight readiness of its armed forces within the greatest such train within the nation’s historical past because the Taliban makes sweeping positive aspects in neighbouring Afghanistan.
The 230,000 members of the Central Asian nation’s safety forces had been alerted for the take a look at at 2:00 a.m. native time (2300 GMT Wednesday) on the order of President Emomali Rakhmon.
Dushanbe additionally relocated 20,000 troops to strengthen its pressure on the border with Afghanistan.
The Taliban in latest weeks have introduced large swathes of Afghanistan below their management as overseas troops draw down, together with the principle Shir Khan Bandar border crossing with Tajikistan.
The navy inspection was the primary of its type within the ex-Soviet nation’s 30-year historical past.
It concerned testing of all weapons utilized by the Tajik military — together with floor, aviation and artillery forces.
The operation was broadcast on Tajik state tv and ended with a navy parade headed by President Rakhmon during which he known as on Tajiks to be “ready to defend the peace and stability” within the area.
“The situation in our neighbouring country — the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — especially in its northern regions that border our country remains extremely complex and uncertain,” Rakhmon mentioned.
“It is getting more complicated day by day and even hour by hour,” he mentioned.
He known as on the armed forces and legislation enforcement companies to “ensure the highest level of combat readiness to prevent potential threats” and to “ensure the protection of the state border.”
The Taliban’s offensive has seen a stream of Afghans make their approach throughout the border.
The take a look at comes after Russia mentioned it’s going to stage navy drills with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan near the border with Afghanistan subsequent month.