After the riots in Kazakhstan, brought under control thanks to the intervention of the forces of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, overseen by Russia, the idea of a “security belt” around the member countries was put forward by the Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon. A geopolitical project that would upset regional balances.
“We need to create a ‘security belt’ around Afghanistan”, the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rakhmon, proposed on January 11 at the extraordinary session of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CTSC), the politico-military organization that brings together Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan, relays the site Sputnik Tajikistan.
According to Rakhmon, the situation on the border with Afghanistan “Is deteriorating every day, the skirmishes are permanent, causing deaths and injuries”, quotes the Russian daily Izvestia. Tajik intelligence reports that “On the southern edge of the CSTO”, either in the northeastern provinces of Afghanistan, with which Dushanbe shares a 1,344 kilometer border, “Operate more than 40 camps involving 6 000 terrorists ”.
Threat of terrorist penetration
Moreover, reminds Izvestia, when the Taliban came to power at the end of August 2021, and after the departure of the American armed forces, “Thousands of prisoners were released and joined the radicals”. Finally, according to Russian military historian Yuri Knoutov, interviewed by the same title, fighters of the Islamic State, defeated in Syria and Iraq, have found refuge in northern Afghanistan, and “declared war on the Taliban”. According to Rakhmon, “it is a serious force which carries out actions of the maquis and attacks by large groups ”.
The threat of terrorist penetration “Will intensify after the failed coup attempt in Kazakhstan [graves émeutes entre le 2 et le 9 janvier]”, says Knoutov. The radicals’ objective would be to “Destabilize Tajikistan then the other countries of Central Asia”