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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tajik Forces at the Table

Russia and the United Nations launched the first talks Tuesday between Tajikistan's government and opposition, whose rivalry plunged the republic into civil war two years ago.

Thousands of people were killed in the 1992 war between Tajik Communists and a coalition of Islamic and liberal groups.

The Islamic opposition fled over the old Soviet border into Afghanistan as conservatives regained power in the Tajik capital Dushanbe. They have continued to mount raids into Tajikistan.

Russia backed the current government and Moscow's huge military presence in the poor Central Asian republic is the main guarantee against the resumption of the civil war.