Patterns of Global Terrorism 1999 - Tajikistan

Security for the international community in Tajikistan did not improve in 1999. The U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe suspended operations in September 1998 because of the Tajikistani Government's limited ability to protect the safety of US and foreign personnel there. U.S. personnel were moved to Almaty, although they travel regularly to Dushanbe.

The IMU's use of Tajikistan as a staging ground for its incursion into Kyrgyzstan was the most significant international terrorist activity in Tajikistan in 1999. The IMU militants entered Kyrgyzstan from bases in Tajikistan and returned to the area with their Japanese and Central Asian hostages when they fled Kyrgyzstan in late September and October. As part of the agreement that resolved the incident, the Uzbekistani militants left Tajikistan, although some IMU fighters may have remained in some regions of the country.


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