Tajikistan Begins Troop Withdrawal After Rallies in East
Aug 24, 2012
After some of the largest anti-government demonstrations since Tajikistan’s civil war, Dushanbe, officials say, has begun withdrawing troops from the eastern mountain town of Khorog, scene of fighting last month that left dozens dead.
Thousands of protestors amassed in Khorog on August 22 and 23 after the murder of an informal leader and former warlord, Imomnazar Imomnazarov. Authorities had accused Imomnazarov, an opposition commander during the 1992-1997 civil war, of involvement in July fighting that left approximately 50 dead, including 30 militants, 17 government soldiers, and at least one civilian.
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