The methods of blocking and liquidating a large group of terrorists in Tajik district bordering on Afghanistan, who penetrated the republic from the sourth, will be thrashed out during the Russian-Tajik exercises.
RIA Novosti was told on Thursday at the press service of the Tajik defence ministry that the first stage of joint command-staff exercises of the 201st motor rifle division of the Russian Federation and the power structures of Tajikistan began at Lyaur testing ground, 10 km to the south-west of Dushanbe. Taking part in the manoeuvres are also the motor rile regiment of the 201st motor rile division and formations of the Tajik armed forces. The maoeuvres are controlled by commander of the 201st motor rile division major-general of the Russian Federation Yuri Perminov.
Late in July similar exercises were conducted at the testing ground Sumbulak (Shaartuzsky district on the border with Afghanistan), where the motor rile regiment of the 201st motor rifle division and brigades of the Tajik armed forces also took part. In the course of the manoeuvres with the field firing the Russian and Tajik servicemen thrashed out the tactic of combat operations for supporting the frontier stations on the Tajik-Afghan border.
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