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More Warnings South of the Afghan-Turkmen Border

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The situation in Afghanistan's northern Jowzjan Province continues to deteriorate, with one official claiming an increasing number of ethnic Turkmen are taking up arms, fighting with and against the Taliban, and that the lack of any government force capable of maintaining order has led to the resurgence of local warlords.

RFE/RL's Turkmen Service, Azatlyk, has received new information from areas across Turkmenistan's southern border, indicating the situation in Jowzjan and Faryab provinces is growing more complex and less stable.

Jowzjan provincial police chief Pakyrmuhammet Jowzjany admitted to Azatlyk there had been 45 recent "special operations" in the Akja and Murdiyan districts against people Jowzjany said were Taliban fighters. Despite these operations, Jowzjany said there were still villages where Taliban militants were riding around the streets openly on motorbikes.

Jowzjany said the number of Taliban fighters in his province had been increasing, but he dismissed any suggestion that would have any effect on Turkmenistan, across the border.

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More Warnings South of the Afghan-Turkmen Border

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