Russia’s military said it will beef up its force in Tajikistan, which neighbors Afghanistan’s Kunduz province, the site of a recent uptick in Taliban violence.
The unit now includes Mi-24P attack and Mi-8MTV transport and combat helicopters. The helicopters will be stationed at the 201st military base, which provides security in the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan, which borders Afghanistan. Violence on the Afghan side of the border escalated in recent weeks after Taliban militants seized the city of Kunduz, prompting a response from US and Afghan forces.
“The military capabilities of the 201st military base <…> will be enhanced by helicopter aviation. The created aerial grouping will be based in the Gissar district of Tajikistan, at the Aini air base 30 kilometers from Dushanbe,” Roschupkin told journalists.
Russia has previously increased security in the country through regular drills together with Tajikistan’s military. The latest large scale exercise took place in May 2015 with the participation of the Collective Security Treaty Organization’s (CSTO) rapid reaction forces.