Wreaths placed at the Military Glory Memorial in Dushanbe’s Victory Park today

21/02/2014 11:03
Avaz Yuldoshev
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DUSHANBE, February 21, 2014, Asia-Plus -- A ceremony of placing wreaths at the Military Glory Memorial took place in Dushanbe’s Victory Park today.

Faridoun Mahmadaliyev, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MoD), says the wreaths were placed at the Military Glory Memorial on behalf of President Emomali Rahmon, Defense Minister Sherali Mirzo, Council of War Veterans of Tajikistan as well as heads of the Interior Ministry and the State Committee for National Security (SCNS) on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of formation of Tajikistan’s Armed Forces.

According to him, the Russian Embassy in Dushanbe and the command of the Russian military base in Tajikistan also place wreaths at the Military Glory Memorial today.

Tajik National Army Day has been marked on February 23 since 1993.

Tajikistan's National Army now consists of Air and Air Defense Forces, Land Forces and Mobile Forces.  The Mobile Force of Tajik Army was founded in 2005 without increase in a total strength of the country’s armed forces.  Air and Air-Defense Forces were also united in 2005.  Tajikistan’s armed forces also include National Guard and Security Forces (internal and border troops).

Unlike the other former Soviet states of Central Asia, Tajikistan did not form armed forces based upon former Soviet units on its territory.  Instead, the Russian Ministry of Defense took control of the Dushanbe-based 201st Motor Rifle Division; actually control simply shifted from the former district headquarters in Tashkent, which was in now-independent Uzbekistan, to Moscow.


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