It would be much simpler if all of Tajikistan’s former opposition commanders would just admit they are working in cahoots against the government and are responsible for this week’s slaughter of 25 soldiers in the eastern Rasht district.
But Dushanbe isn’t waiting for their confession. Tajik authorities have decided on their culprit and shot up his house on September 22, killing at least five and sending everyone else fleeing for the mountains. If they didn’t have a reason to fight, they do now.
True, the house’s owner, Mirzokhuja Ahmadov, is regularly fingered for anti-government activities. A commander during Tajikistan’s 1992-1997 civil war, which left tens of thousands dead, he has lived an uneasy peace since. He’s one of the many former commanders promised a place in the government after the 1997 peace treaty, only to be squeezed out later. It is unclear if he survived the rocket assault on his home.
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