The detachment commanded by the brothers Rizvon and Bahrom Sodirov has in recent days clashed with Opposition forces some 50 kilometers east of Dushanbe in Kofarnihon district. According to Opposition sources, 25 men were killed on both sides in the clashes, which peaked yesterday. An Opposition field commander, controlling an area only 20 kilometers east of Dushanbe, made public yesterday an appeal to Tajik president Imomali Rahmonov and Opposition chairman Saidabdullo Nuri soliciting a green light to destroy the Sodirovs’ force as terrorists. The Opposition’s political leadership has signaled that it favors just such a course.
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