Security

Historic military exercises mark new phase in Tajik-Uzbek relations

Tajik and Uzbek forces participated in the 'Indestructible Brotherhood' exercises, the first joint drills since the two countries' independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Putin claims Russia is 'peaceful country' during largest ever military drills

The claim diverges from the Kremlin's actions around the world, including in Georgia, Ukraine and Syria.

OSCE trains Central Asians how to counter IED threat

US, UN and British specialists shared best practices in countering IEDs with military and civilian officials from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

Final push begins in Syria to destroy last remnants of IS 'caliphate'

The push against the terrorist group in Syria is expected to drive the final nail into the coffin of the group's dreams of establishing statehood.

Russia's largest ever war games deemed hostile to Central Asia

The reported involvement of 300,000 troops in the drills is a stark reminder for Central Asians of Russia's recent invasions of neighbouring countries, including Ukraine and Georgia.

Uzbekistan shifts from Soviet-era public perception of law enforcement

New reforms and resolutions aim to enhance the level of professionalism among police officers, enabling them to improve public relations.

US military prepares Kazakh peacekeepers for deployment to Lebanon

Kazakhstan's UN peacekeeping battalion -- recently made into a regiment -- has been serving since 2000.

IS leader al-Baghdadi admits group in retreat as losses mount worldwide

The jihadist leader warned his deputies -- one of whom was killed days later -- of an approaching rebellion by group members.

Kazakhstan considers sweeping police reforms after slaying of Olympic skater

The Kazakh government is looking for police reforms to emulate. Georgia might serve as an example.

Russia 'ordered' Afghan militants to destroy schools, mosques

Newly manufactured weapons from Russia, including sniper rifles and explosives, keep finding their way into the hands of the Afghan Taliban.

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