» 07/25/2012, 00.00
Tajik soldiers and Muslim rebels clash, at least 42 dead, scores wounded
Fighting broke out in Khorog, capital of semi-autonomous Gorno-Badakhshan province, on the border with Afghanistan, a hub for the international opium trade. The death of the local security chief set off the violence. Government pins the murder on local rebels.
Maoist rebels sell looted petrol to raise funds
Attacks on tankers are followed by cheap oil sales in villages. Experts say the rebels are running short of money.
Anti-Taliban fight could spill over into Tajikistan
More and more reports are coming in that Taliban fighters are seeking sanctuary in Tajikistan fleeing offensives in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Official sources have denied such reports but gun battles are increasing along the border with Afghanistan.
Risk of civil war in Tajikistan raises concerns in US, Russia and China
Widespread dissatisfaction, especially in remote regions, favours alignment of local groups with radical Muslims. In Rasht Valley, rebels attack government troops. World powers vie for influence in the Central Asian nation, but another civil war looms on the horizon.
Supreme court of Tajikistan outlaws Salafi Islam
The importation and distribution of its religious material and its practice of worship have been outlawed. The fundamentalist origin of the movement could "threaten" order and national security. Political experts see its faithful as the true opposition to the central government.
Tajik president Rakhmon signs law suffocating religious freedom
Even while it was being drafted, the bill was criticized by the OCSE and the U.S. Prompted by the fear of Islamic fundamentalism, it puts under state control any activity connected to faith, institutes censorship of religious publications, and makes the legalization of non-Muslim groups almost impossible.
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