17 Sep 2018 13:49

Tajikistan, Uzbekistan to conduct joint exercises on September 18-22

DUSHANBE. Sept 17 (Interfax) - First Tajik-Uzbek joint military exercises will begin in the Sughd region in northern Tajikistan on Tuesday, the Tajik Defense Ministry told Interfax on Monday.

The exercises, in which Uzbek and Tajik servicemen will practice interoperability in fighting illegal armed units and international terrorist groups, will take place at the Chorroha-Deyron range and the Nurafshon training center in the Sughd region on September 18-22.

Over 500 Tajik servicemen with their weapons and 100 Uzbek servicemen with their weapons and hardware will be involved in the exercises, the Tajik Defense Ministry said.

Tajik and Uzbek border guards also conducted Operation Jayhun in the Shahrtuz district of Tajikistan at the junction of Tajikistan's, Uzbekistan's, and Afghanistan's border in August to practice interoperability in countering a possible incursion by militants from Afghanistan to Tajikistan's Khatlon region and Uzbekistan's Surxondaryo region, it said.