DUSHANBE -- The Strategic Research Centre under the President of Tajikistan has identified the country's regions that are the most susceptible to extremist sentiments, Centre1.com reported Wednesday (November 1).
Mullomukthor Mulloyev, an analyst at the think tank, published a map on the centre's website identifying the provinces and other areas whose residents are likeliest to identify with Islamists.
Rudaki, Vakhdat and Nurobod are potentially dangerous areas near the capital, according to the report.
In Sughd Province, cities like Khujand, Isfara, Konibodom, Istaravshan and Panjakent, as well as the districts of Spitamen, Jabbor Rasulov, Asht, B. Gafurov and Mastchoh, are considered vulnerable.
In Khatlon Province, Kulyab and the districts of Shahritus, Kabadiyan, Bokhtar, J. Balkhi, Farkhor and Vose were declared susceptible.
Authorities view Vanj District as the most extremist-friendly place in the Pamir mountains.
About 1,500 Tajiks are fighting alongside terrorist and extremist groups abroad, Interior Minister Ramazon Rakhimzoda said this summer.
The Taliban have been using advanced weapons available only to the Russian military, according to a security source in western Afghanistan.
Popular support in Central Asia for Islamist insurgencies in the Middle East and beyond is waning.