Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 171

Dushanbe military officials acknowledged over the weekend that the opposition has captured the district center Tajikabad, threatens the district center Komsomolabad, and has gained control over Jirgatal district after capturing its center on September 6. The Defense, Internal Affairs, and National Security ministries and the Presidential Guard have all sent reinforcements to the Garm area. The Dushanbe officials renewed expressions of concern that the opposition’s advance may give it a continuous territorial base and cut the country in two. Talks on renewing the ceasefire are scheduled to be held in the town of Garm. The opposition demands a share of control of the central stretch of the country’s sole East-West highway. (Interfax, Radio Free Tajikistan, September 12 through 15)

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