An Afghan Involvement in Khorog?

by Joshua Foust on 8/1/2012 · 1 comment

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.

An old map of Badakhshan province. Shuhada was split from Baharak district, in the middle of the province, in 2005.

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.


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Joshua Foust is a Fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from Registan.net. His research focuses primarily on Central and South Asia. Joshua is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for PBS Need to Know. Joshua appears regularly on the BBC World News, Aljazeera, and international public radio. Joshua's writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Christian Science Monitor. Follow him on twitter: @joshuafoust

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jakob August 1, 2012 at 8:58 am

if you have the chance, read marsden’s fragments of the afghan frontier. it’s a wonderful account of the connectedness between pakistani chitral – afghan panjshir – tajik wakhan and everything lying in between (kabul, karachi, moscow …).

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