The Pentagon has issued a pre-solicitation notice for a counter-terrorism training compound near Osh worth between $5 million and $10 million.
The facility in southern Kyrgyzstan would be just a fraction of the size, both physically and financially, of a planned Special Operations complex, along with aviation facilities, in Mazar-i-Sharif, northern Afghanistan’s main population center. Experts say the projects are key elements in a strategic plan to check an expected upsurge in violence in northern Afghanistan and Central Asia.
US-funded border checkpoints and training centers across Central Asia, in connection with established bases in Afghanistan, will form a network of “intelligence points,” Bill Roggio, a senior fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the editor of The Long War Journal website, told EurasiaNet.org.
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Deirdre Tynan is a Bishkek-based reporter specializing in Central Asian affairs.