I have actually been to the Stans – significantly been there. The whole place constantly feels like it’s about to pop. It’s dark and cold and everyone is angry all the time, and all of these Turkic tribal groups hate each other and claim that their neighbors stole their land.
Border guards from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan once again exchanged fire on Friday morning, following an escalation of tensions earlier in the week.
Kyrgyz military officials accused Tajikistan of a “treacherous attack on border and civilian facilities” and claimed that sporadic clashes were taking place “all along the border.” The situation remained tense as of 3am GMT. The government in Bishkek reportedly ordered evacuations from several border areas.
Tajikistan in turn claimed that Kyrgyz border guards had shelled one of their border posts with mortars, and accused the neighboring state of conducting an unprovoked “armed attack” on several settlements.
There was no official confirmation of any fatalities from the latest flare-up. A similar incident on Wednesday morning claimed the life of at least one soldier, with several others wounded.
Tensions occasionally spike between the two Central Asian countries, as they are unable to fully agree on their 1,000km-long border.
It would be really easy to start any kind of conflict in this arena.
Heavy clashes this morning between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on the border area. pic.twitter.com/u6Mqa2Qa6N
— Aldin 🇧🇦 (@tinso_ww) September 16, 2022
Pelosi is going to Armenia to promote war.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and fellow California Democrat Jackie Speier will visit Armenia this weekend in a show of support for Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Politico reported on Thursday, citing sources familiar with the matter. The congressional visit comes shortly after border clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia resulted in over 170 deaths.
Pelosi is already in Germany, where she is attending the G7 Speakers’ Summit in Berlin in support of “Ukraine’s heroic fight” against Russia. According to Politico, she will fly out to Yerevan after the conference with Speier, who is Armenian-American.
Speier’s office has not commented on the report, while Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, told Politico that they “don’t confirm or deny international travel in advance due to longstanding security protocols.”
This seems to be a key part of the plan of the US to deal with the fact they are losing in the Ukraine – they are just going to start fires everywhere on Russia’s border.