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Quiet Desperation: Turkmen Villagers Fear Afghan Conflict, But Won't Say It Out Loud

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"Bullets are constantly landing in our village and if we had any chance to leave, we would."
That's how a resident described the situation in Marchak, a Turkmen village located just across the border from Afghanistan.
 
According to Turkmenistan's government, however, the description given to RFE/RL's Turkmen Service, known locally as Azatlyk, is not true.
 
Fighting in neighboring northwestern Afghanistan has grown significantly worse over the last three years. Attacks and battles in the once relatively peaceful Afghan provinces of (from west to east) Herat, Faryab, Badghis, and Jowzjan are now common and have caused Afghan First Vice President Abdul Dostum Rashid to make several trips to the area to lead operations to reclaim territory lost to the Taliban and its militant allies.
 
Afghan media has reported on this, including fighting that took place along the border with Turkmenistan, but in Ashgabat officials say there is no security problem along the frontier.

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Quiet Desperation: Turkmen Villagers Fear Afghan Conflict, But Won't Say It Out Loud

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