Protests condemn verdict against Aafia Siddiqui

Protests condemn verdict against Aafia Siddiqui

In Islamabad, protesters from a political party attempting to reach the US Embassy scuffled with police near a five-star hotel, witnesses said. — Photo by AP

KARACHI: Pakistani activists poured into the streets on Friday shouting “Death to America” and burning effigies of President Barack Obama after a US court jailed a woman scientist for 86 years.In a case that has been condemned across the nuclear-armed Muslim nation of 167 million, the government said it would petition Washington to secure the repatriation of the mother of three on humanitarian grounds.

A New York court found Aafia Siddiqui, the once brilliant scientist dubbed “Lady Qaeda” by the US tabloids, guilty of the attempted murder of US military officers in Afghanistan in 2008 — five years after she disappeared.

In Karachi, Siddiqui’s home town and Pakistan’s largest city, police fired tear gas shells to prevent scores of people from marching on the US consulate at the behest of the youth wing of Islamic party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI).

The protestors shouted “Death to America,” “Allahu akbar” (God is greater), “Free Aafia Siddiqui” and “Down with the US system of justice”.

Hundreds of anti-riot police deployed on the main Shahra-e-Faisal road to stop protesters from marching towards the US mission.

Police official Javed Akbar Qazi said police arrested at least 14 people for creating a disturbance.

At a small protest outside the Karachi press club, JI activists burnt a crudely made Obama effigy, condemning US policies as anti-Muslim.

Fowzia Siddiqui, who has vowed to lead a national movement to campaign for her sister’s freedom, told a rally of hundreds of heavily veiled women that the Pakistani government had failed miserably.

“The sentence bears testimony to the fact that this government is puppet of the US… We are peaceful people and our aim is to bring back Aafia.”

Hundreds more took to the streets in Pakistan’s second largest city of Lahore. Cricket hero-turned-politician Imran Khan led a rally to condemn the verdict as “unethical and inhuman,” an AFP reporter said.

They condemned President Asif Ali Zardari and Khan, who heads the party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (Pakistan Movement for Justice), warned that the verdict could fan anti-Americanism across Pakistan and the Muslim world.

In Islamabad, police stopped dozens of Islamic students from marching on the US embassy to hand over a protest note. The crowd shouted “Crush America,””Siddiqui is our sister” and “We will bring her back.”Dozens of lawyers and activists blocked traffic in the central city of Multan, shouting “Down with America” and setting fire to an effigy of Obama and former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf, an AFP reporter said.

Siddiqui, 38, who as a student excelled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was found guilty of grabbing a rifle at an Afghan police station where she was being interrogated in 2008 and of trying to shoot US servicemen.

Prosecutors said she picked up the weapon and opened fire on those servicemen and FBI representatives trying to take her into detention. She missed and in a struggle was herself shot by one of the US soldiers.

Defence lawyers argued there was no physical evidence, such as fingerprints or gunpowder traces, to show Siddiqui even grabbed the rifle.

Siddiqui’s lawyers have said they will appeal against the sentence and her family vowed to launch a “movement” to get her released from jail.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told the upper house of parliament: “We will use every means to bring her back. Doctor Aafia is the daughter of the nation. We fought for her and we will fight politically to bring her back.”

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the government would petition the US administration to review the sentence on a “humanitarian basis” and request that Siddiqui be handed over to Pakistan and dealt with under Pakistani law.

Asked under what circumstances Siddiqui could return home, the foreign ministry said Obama could pardon her, or an agreement could be reached for her to serve at least part of her sentence in Pakistan.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan called on Islamabad and Washington to negotiate urgently for her repatriation on humanitarian grounds.

“We fear that the verdict will be misunderstood in Pakistan and bring relations between the two allies in the war on terror under increased strain,”said its chairman Mehdi Hasan. -AFP

Israeli action against Gaza flotilla ‘unlawful’ – UN Human Rights Council panel

Israeli action against Gaza flotilla ‘unlawful’ – UN Human Rights Council panel

The MV Mavi Marmara aid-carrying ship leaving Antalya, Turkey for Gaza on 22 May 2010

23 September 2010 – Israeli forces violated human rights and international humanitarian law during the 31 May incident involving a convoy of aid ships bound for Gaza, the United Nations Human Rights Council’s international, independent fact-finding mission has concluded.

In a 56-page report, the fact-finding mission, which is separate from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s four-member panel of inquiry into the same incident, found that the action of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in intercepting one of the ships, the Mavi Marmara, on the high sea was “clearly unlawful.”

Nine civilians lost their lives and several more were seriously injured in the incident against the flotilla that departed from Turkey and was trying to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza, which has been the subject of an Israeli blockade since 2007.

“The conduct of the Israeli military and other personnel towards the flotilla passengers was not only disproportionate to the occasion but demonstrated levels of totally unnecessary and incredible violence,” the report states.

“It betrayed an unacceptable level of brutality. Such conduct cannot be justified or condoned on security or any other grounds. It constituted grave violations of human rights law and international humanitarian law.”

The report, which was made public yesterday, presents a factual description of the events leading up to the interception of each of the six ships in the flotilla as well as a seventh ship intercepted on 6 June, the deaths of nine passengers and wounding of many others, and the detention of passengers in Israel and their deportation.

The three-member mission said there is clear evidence to support prosecutions of crimes such as wilful killing, torture or inhuman treatment, and wilfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health.

It also voiced regret that the Israeli Government declined to cooperate with the mission, and that this is not the first time that this has happened.

“On yet another occasion of an enquiry into events involving loss of life at the hands of the Israeli military, the Government of Israel has declined to cooperate in an inquiry not appointed by it or on which it was significantly represented.”

The mission, chaired by Judge K. Hudson-Phillips, former judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, interviewed more than 100 witnesses in Geneva, London, Istanbul and Amman during the course of its work.

Sir Desmond de Silva, Queen’s Counsel, who was chief prosecutor of the Sierra Leone War Crimes Tribunal, and Shanthi Dairiam, human rights expert of Malaysia and former member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, are also on the team, which will present its report to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council next week.

Columbia Shows Dead FARC Leader

Photo revealed the body of Mono Jojoy

The body of the FARC guerrilla was transferred from Catam Legal Medicine. Meanwhile, analyzed 15 computers and 60 USB in the camp.

El cadáver del 'Mono Jojoy'

Photo courtesy Ministry of Defense of Colombia

Following the ‘Operation Sodom “ which was shot in the alias Mono Jojoy, were found at the site of the bombing of La Macarena 15 computers and 60 USB with information that will be analyzed by the authorities.

This was revealed this Thursday night the president Juan Manuel Santos Calderon in New York, over dinner in his honor hosted by Americas Society, Council of the Americas and Colombian-American Association.

Noting that now the Colombian state is present at every inch of national territory, the Head of State stressed the work done by the now former President Alvaro Uribe Velez in his eight years in office.

He said the Democratic Security, Colombia advanced to the Democratic Prosperity.“There’s an incredible change in Colombia. Can not imagine the enthusiasm of the people.The future will be much better. We go to a better country. Colombian people dream of a better future, “said the President.

Santos reiterated that the purpose of government is to achieve social gains not seen in Colombia, which is that investment in the country, which allows for growth and can draw many people from poverty.

“We plan to get many social achievements that have never been seen in Colombia. We want investment, because otherwise we have no growth and we can not get people out of poverty. How do we achieve? Combining growth and social policy focus, “explained the matter.

He said that “expectations are very high because the circumstances will permit. Our responsibility is to give people that hope. “ Noting that it is necessary that the international community to change their perception of Colombia, President Santos said that the initiative of U.S. Ambassadors, as Carolina Barco and Luis Alberto Moreno, to bring Congress Americans to our country, “has had a big impact.”

Similarly, arrived in Bogota the body of ‘Mono Jojoy, visibly affected by the operation against them, especially on her forehead. The remains will be analyzed in Legal Medicine, the capital of the Republic.


Abkhaz Vice President Wounded in Fourth Assassination Attempt

Abkhaz Vice President Wounded in Attack

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 23 Sep.’10 / 13:53

Vice President of breakaway Abkhazia, Alexander Ankvab, was injured after a grenade hit his house in Gudauta on September 23 in what appears to at least fourth attack on Ankvab in last five years, officials in the breakaway region said.

Ankvab was wounded in his leg and hand after a grenade fired from RPG-26 launcher hit the roof of his two-storey house at about 2:15am local time, Apsnipress news agency reported quoting Ramin Gablaia, the deputy interior minister of Abkhazia.

His wounds are not life-threatening, officials in Sokhumi said.

Beslan Kvitsinia, a deputy chief prosecutor of the breakaway region, told Apsnipress, that “many details of assassination attempt indicate that the crime was commissioned and related to Ankvab’s professional activities.”

Abkhaz leader, Sergey Bagapsh, described the incident as “a terrible fact.”

“This is not the first attack on Ankvab. We will try to do our utmost to investigate the case,” Bagapsh said.

It is thought to be the fourth, and possibly the fifth, attempt on Ankvab’s life in last five years.

In February 2005 a group of unknown gunmen opened fire on a convoy carrying Ankvab, then PM, outside Sokhumi. His car was hit by 17 bullets, local television reported at the time. Ankvab, however, was riding in his deputy’s car and survived unharmed.

In April 2005, Ankvab again survived unharmed when unknown gunmen opened fire on his convoy near Sokhumi in which Ankvab’s driver was wounded.

A roadside land mine, found in June 2007 on a road between Sokhumi and Gudauta, a regular route of Ankvab’s convoy, was also believed to have been aimed at him.

In July, 2007 Ankvab, who at the time was the breakaway region’s PM, was reportedly slightly injured with shrapnel after his car came under grenade attack on a road between Gudauta and Sokhumi.

No one has ever been arrested for these attacks.

Alexander Ankvab, 57, an influential political figure in Abkhazia, was appointed as Prime Minister in February, 2005. A close ally of Abkhaz leader, Sergey Bagapsh, he became the Vice President after Bagapsh was re-elected as the president for second term in December, 2009.

He had wanted to run in the 2004 presidential election, but was ineligible because of an inability to speak the Abkhaz language and because he failed to meet residency requirements. He subsequently backed Bagapsh.

Abkhaz PM Survives Assassination Attempt – Jul’07
Abkhaz PM Attacked Again – April, 2005
Abkhaz PM Survives Assassination Attempt, Amid Cabinet Row – February, 2005

China: Checkmating India In Afghanistan

China: Checkmating India In Afghanistan

‘The total value of the Chinese investment in the copper mine alone will be almost three times the total value of the Indian investments in all projects in Afghanistan.”
by B.Raman

(September 24, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) China has shown interest in the construction of two railway lines—-one in Pakistan via the Gilgit-Baltistan region and the other in Afghanistan. While the railway line through Gilgit-Baltistan, ultimately extending up to Gwadar on the Mekran coast, will meet the external trade requirements of Chinese-controlled Xinjiang and other regions of Western China, the proposed line in Afghanistan will meet the requirements of a copper mine which China is developing in the Aynak area in Afghanistan. A pre-feasibility study by a Chinese company has already been done in respect of the railway line through Gilgit-Baltistan and an agreement was reached during the visit of President Asif Ali Zardari to China in July to undertake a joint feasibility study by the railways of the two countries. In Afghanistan a joint feasibility study is to be undertaken by the Metallurgical Corporation of China (MCC), which is developing the copper mine, and the Ministry of Mines of the Government of Afghanistan.

2. On September 22,2010, representatives of the Afghan Ministry of Mines and the MCC signed at Kabul an agreement to undertake the feasibility study. The MCC has, however, cautioned that a final decision on the construction of the railway line would depend on the security situation in Afghanistan. If the security situation deteriorated, the MCC may not go ahead with the proposal. While the Chinese do not anticipate any security problem in the Gilgit-Baltistan area, they do anticipate problems in Afghanistan.

3.Till now, the Taliban has not come in the way of the development of the copper mine. But, in January last, the Taliban kidnapped two Chinese road construction workers. One does not know what happened to them. Probably, the Chinese got them back after secretly paying a ransom.

4. The Chinese Communist Party-controlled “ Global Times” wrote on January 19 last as follows: “The situation in war-torn Afghanistan is deteriorating as Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers attacked buildings across the heart of Kabul , killing at least five people and claiming that they had kidnapped two Chinese engineers working in the country. The kidnappings indicate that China must prepare to cope with crimes targeting overseas Chinese citizens as the country’s presence expands worldwide, especially in some trouble spots, experts say. The engineers, who had been helping to build a road, were seized in the northern province of Faryab with four Afghans.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the abductions. A spokesman of the militia said that a Taliban Islamic court would decide their fate. ….The Taliban’s demands for the latest kidnapping are not clear. Reuters reported that the Taliban often kidnap foreigners as part of their campaign against coalition forces, but abductions have also become a lucrative business for criminal gangs and rival tribes.
A Chinese observer with years of experience working in Afghanistan told the Global Times that Chinese nationals had not been specifically targeted by the Taliban and the kidnapping may be in response to growing Chinese economic interests in the neighboring country. “Chinese enterprises have hired many armed security guards and tightened security measures to ensure safety for Chinese employees there,” said the source, who asked to remain anonymous. “However, potential threats cannot be eliminated amid such a chaotic situation in the country.” As China builds up its interests in Afghanistan, it faces a dilemma, the observer suggested. “Western nations raised their voice to call on China to offer military assistance. Afghanistan is a thorny issue for the US. It might be one for China in the future,” he warned. Afghan Minister for Mines Muhammad Ibrahim Adel told the Daily Telegraph in November that China has a growing role in the country. He said Chinese projects are likely to triple the Afghan government’s revenues within five years. China Metallurgical Group and China’s top integrated copper producer, Jiangxi Copper Corporation, in July started work in Logar, a province southeast of Kabul, to explore and develop the vast Aynak copper mines. The $4 billion investment was the biggest in Afghanistan’s history and provided thousands of Afghans with jobs.”

5.A question worrying the Chinese is whether the Taliban, which has close relations with the Islamic Movement of East Turkestan (IMET), will honour the agreements signed by the Hamid Karzai Government with China if it comes to power after the withdrawal of the US-led NATO troops. The Chinese are hoping that the Pakistan Government would persuade the Taliban to honour the agreements.

6. It has been stated that the railway line proposal is to connect China with Uzbekistan through Kabul and Aynak, which is to the south of Kabul. It is not clear wherefrom the proposed line will enter Afghanistan from China. The construction of the line, which is unlikely to start for another three years, might require the stationing of troops of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in Afghanistan to protect the Chinese construction personnel. It is not clear how this could affect the functioning of Indian-aided projects in Afghanistan.

7. Speaking on the occasion of the signing of the agreement on the feasibility study, Mr.Zou Jianhui, President of the MCC, is reported to have stated as follows: . “We are still at an early stage. This feasibility study will take two, or two-and-a-half years. If over this period the Afghan security situation gets more stable, and the feasibility study results are good, then we can move ahead with the investment immediately. If the security situation gets worse, then at that time the investors will have to assess how to go forward. The MCC has to ensure the security of investors’ assets, but felt the project would help Afghanistan’s stability and economic development, and is keen to push ahead.”

8.According to the Reuter’s news agency, a commitment to building the railway was included in a contract that the MCC won in 2008 to develop the Aynak copper deposit. China’s top integrated copper producer Jiangxi Copper has a 25 per cent share holding in the project and the MCC the remaining 75 per cent. The two firms started construction of the project in July last year and expect it to produce 320,000 tonnes of copper concentrate annually, with production to begin in 2013 or 2014.

6. In his address to the London Conference on Afghanistan held in the last week of January,2010, Mr.Yang Jiechi, the Chinese Foreign Minister, said that since 2002, China has provided more than 900 million RMB yuan (132 million U.S. dollars) in grants to the Afghan Government and canceled all its mature debts. China announced in 2009 that an additional 75 million U.S.dollars in concessional loans which it had previously committed would also be converted into grants, to be provided over a five-year period. The first instalment of 15 million dollars was given in 2009.The remaining 60 million U.S. dollars will be made available in the coming four years. By the end of 2009, China had trained over 500 Afghan government officials in areas such as diplomacy, economy and trade, medical and health care, finance, tourism, agriculture and counternarcotics. On August 16,2009, Mr.Karzai inaugurated at Kabul a 350-bed hospital called the Republic Hospital costing US Dollars 25 million constructed by the Chinese.

7.Since 2002, President Hamid Karzai has visited China four times. He paid his fourth visit in March last, accompanied by 20 businessmen. Premier Wen Jiabao reportedly told Mr. Karzai in their meeting that China would continuously provide aid to Afghanistan and pledged to enhance security and economic cooperation. In a joint statement issued at the end of the visit, China reiterated its support for peaceful reconstruction in Afghanistan. The two countries also agreed to expand economic cooperation and trade, increase mutual investment and technology transfer, and deepen cooperation in areas of transportation, agriculture and irrigation, energy, mining and infrastructure. During the visit, Mr.Karzai and President Hu Jintao witnessed the signing of three documents on economic and technological cooperation, favorable tariffs for Afghan exports to China and bilateral training programs. The two way trade between the two countries reached 155 million US dollars in 2008.

8. The total value of the Chinese investment in the copper mine alone will be almost three times the total value of the Indian investments in all projects in Afghanistan. Pakistan, which has been repeatedly expressing concern over the Indian role in helping the Karzai Government, welcomes the Chinese role and would like it to increase further. It even wants the Chinese to join in training the Afghan National Army. The US, which has strongly opposed any Indian role in training the ANA, has no such objection to a Chinese role. But, Beijing itself, despite prodding from the US, is reluctant. It wants to see how the ground situation develops. It does not want to incur the wrath of the Taliban by any major role in training the ANA despite Pakistani assurances that there would be no retaliation from the Taliban.

9. Addressing a meeting at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington DC on September 20, Mr.James Steinberg, the US Deputy Secretary of State, reportedly said that China could play a role in bringing stability to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

10. Indian role in Afghanistan—-yes, but. Chinese role in Afghanistan—yes, absolutely. That is the policy of the Obama Administration. The Chinese policy in Afghanistan has two objectives—-to enhance its strategic presence and influence and to checkmate the Indian strategic presence and influence. The US support for the Chinese policy will be to the detriment of India.

( The writer is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai, and Associate of the Chennai Centre For China Studies. E-mail: )

The Convoluted Claims Coming Out Of Tajikistan

[One would think that the best minds at CIA and the Pentagon could invent some new “militant Islamists” to portray its latest villains, but for some reason, they prefer to keep recycling the same old names and faces from the past, even if the militant villains have been reported dead, once or twice.  The tale that the Pentagon corporate media is struggling to put together and shove down our throats, about one legendary Tajik leader, “Mullah Abdullo” (Abdullah Rakhimov) is an excellent case in point.  These terror stories, excuses for military intervention, become even more ridiculous and unbelievable the farther you get from Afghanistan, or the more distant from the events of nine years ago.

Mullah Abdullo is a sick old man, possibly a drug addict, who has not been heard from since 2001, yet the mind-f*ckers at Pentagon have adorned him with AK-47s and rpgs and most likely a black headband (just like John Rambo), simply because they didn’t know anyone else to choose for the next fall guy.]

Tajikistan: Army Rakhmonov on the trail of old enemies


In the photo: picture of the Tajik television, transmitted the Russian channel Vesti

Evening of September 22 Tajik Interior Ministry reported a minimum of five deaths among the members of illegal armed groups, concentrating in the Rasht region of the republic. These are the first results of the “cleanings” in the breakaway Pamir, launched by government forces in response to a daring attack on military convoy three days earlier. Ferghana.Ru sources say that the gorge Kamarob, where, according to the authorities, hiding “irreconcilable” warlords Abdullah Rakhimov and Alovuddin Davlatov, began large-scale operation.

According to Tajik police killed five militants – members of a gang of former warlord Mirzohudzhy Akhmadov. Ferghana.Ru sources in the police department of the country reported that the fate of the Akhmadov remains unknown: the security forces still do not know – whether he had survived during the operation to apprehend the persons involved in the attack on a convoy of military. Apparently, during the operation was not without military participation: how to tell the locals, the house Mirzohudzhy Akhmadov in Garm (Rasht district center) was subjected to Wednesday night this rocket fire.

In parallel with the suppression of armed opposition force the authorities carry out an information “processing” of the population.Wednesday evening at the Dushanbe television aired the story, which provided details of criminal acts Mirzohudzhy Akhmadov, known by the nickname “Belgo”. According to the State Committee for National Security (SCNS), Mirzohudzha Akhmadov for a long time hiding in his house in the very Garm Abdullah Rakhimov – “irreconcilable” field commander during the Civil War, better known by the nickname “Mullah Abdullah. After the completion of “cleansing”, more like the shelling, security forces discovered at his home six Kalashnikov assault rifles, three grenades and several thousand rounds of ammunition. “We also found a large quantity of explosives, which he wanted to use in Dushanbe”, – told the National Security Committee.

In TV programs also reported that Mullah Abdullah and Alovuddin Davlatov (nicknamed “Ali Bedak”) organized in various villages of Rasht district training centers for terrorists, in which trained young people “the basics of Islam and terrorist activities.” Viewers even showed one of the “Tajik Taliban, who called Halim Isoev and confirmed that he was trained in one of these centers under the leadership of Ali Bedaka.

Recall, 21 September Mirzohudzha Akhmadov told reporters that because of the actions security forces about thirty soldiers of the former Tajik opposition in recent years engaged in peaceful farm, were forced to go to the mountains. He complained that they could join the group attacked soldiers Tajik Defense Ministry. Earlier he had warned the authorities that if the government forces will take against the former opposition force, then they will simply be forced to take up arms again to ensure their own safety.

What happened in the Garm (Rasht district center district of Tajikistan) in recent years – is not entirely clear. After the civil war and reconciliation of former enemies, many of the members of the so-called “Islamic opposition” joined the ranks of government officials.Mirzohudzha Akhmadov, in particular, from 1997 until late 2008 led to the Garm regional police department for combating organized crime (ROBOP).

(On the current life and personality of 61-year old Mullah Abdullah almost did not really know. In June 1997, Tajik President Rakhmonov and the leader of the United Tajik Opposition (UTO), Said Abdullah Nuri signed a general agreement on peace and national harmony. However, Mullah Abdullah, close to the leadership of general relativity, refused to accept the Government’s proposal to reintegrate into a nationwide force of the republic or return to civilian life. In 1999 he left Tajikistan and went to Afghanistan, where he knows what almost a decade. In May 2009, returned to his homeland. Rumor has it that today it is already quite an old man – a hopeless drug addict, rushed into homes in search of the last calm. According to the Tajik journalist and dissident Dodojon Atovulloyev, all charges against Mullah Abdullah flimsy and say only that “the power of all the forces seeking to discredit a man who could become the banner of the opposition. “He also strongly denied the allegations relating to that Rakhimov allegedly fought in Afghanistan with the Taliban.“Yes, he was in Afghanistan, but he was in the camp of Ahmad Shah Massoud”, – said Dmitry Atovulloyev.)

[If Abdullo was a guest of Ahmed Shah Massoud and the Northern Alliance they he was anti-Taliban, NOT a Taliban supporter–Ed.]

In 2008, Tajik authorities have accused Alexander Akhmadov in the death of Oleg Zakharchenko , commander of the OMON Tajikistan. Akhmadov himself denied this fact, stating that he only defended the building of the subordinate ROBOPa. After his meeting with President of Tajikistan E. Rakhmonov was made a mutual decision that that Ahmad and his supporters lay down their arms, and authorities “just” them. Parted whether Akhmadov and his supporters with guns and power ambitions, it is not known. But representatives of the official security forces, in turn, have repeatedly stated that the “killer Zakharchenko soon or too late will be delayed.”Last week, Interior Minister, Ministry of Defence of the country, the Deputy Prosecutor General and Chairman of the Tajik National Security Committee held a meeting in Rasht with former warlords, in particular, with M. Akhmedov, and assured them that no action against former fighters would be taken. Siloviki assured that the input to the region of additional forces associated exclusively with plans to capture the group of Mullah Abdullah. However, just three days on a convoy of troops in the gorge Kamarob was an audacious and brutal attack, which killed from 23 to 40 soldiers and officers, and several dozen soldiers, believed to have been captured. The Defense Ministry believes that the military was attacked by gunmen and militants Mullah Abdullah, “Ali Bedaka.

O where is now the very same Mullah Abdullah, is not known. However, it seems that the sharp confrontation between government forces and “irreconcilable” is just another bitter phase that could shake the fragile peace in Tajikistan, yet zabyvshem horrors of civil war.

Ferghana.Ru sources report that one of the famous former warlords, the United Tajik Opposition – Schoch Iskandarov – also went to the mountains and joined a group of armed fugitives from the army and police.