Radio Ozodi is apparently reporting that Qari Wadud, an Afghan living in Badakhshan, was arrested yesterday by the Afghanistan NDS in connection with the violence in Khorog. Wadud is commander of the security forces in Shuhada district of Badakhshan.
Something like eight Afghan nationals have been killed in the fighting in Khorog. Today, Asia-Plus is reporting another three Afghans from Baharak district in Badakhshan have been arrested for “aiding and abetting illegal armed groups” in the Khorog fighting.
It’s no real surprise that things in Afghanistan would have some sort of effect on things in Tajikistan — even if it’s just a few provincial and local officials giving help to
friends? comrades? old lovers? rebels across the border.
The security of Afghanistan can have enormous effects on the security of Central Asia, in other words. I’ve written of this at length, but it’s important to keep repeating: the ultimate fate of Afghanistan is not just about Afghanistan. It is about the entire region.