Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 160

Tajik presidential and military officials said yesterday that government troops had that day regained the town of Childara along with a section of the country’s sole East-West highway. Belatedly acknowledging that the opposition forces had captured the area August 23, the officials said that the opposition withdrew because of ammunition shortages and failure of reinforcements to break through from Afghanistan. Last week government troops also regained the town of Tavildara along with that stretch of the highway. However, the officials said that the regained highway portions are mined and therefore unusable for the time being. (Interfax, Itar-Tass, August 28)

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