Russia to Deploy Strategic Bombers for Joint Drills With Uzbekistan Along Afghan Border | Eurasia Diary - ednews.net

20 September, Monday

Russia to Deploy Strategic Bombers for Joint Drills With Uzbekistan Along Afghan Border

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Large swathes of Afghanistan’s northern frontiers have fallen into the hands of the Taliban in recent weeks, leading to concerns from its Central Asian neighbours that instability and terrorism may spread beyond the war-torn nation. The Taliban has assured neighbours that its militants would not engage in any fighting beyond Afghanistan’s borders.
 
Four Tupolev Tu-22M3 (NATO codename Backfire) strategic bombers have been transferred to a military airfield in Russia’s Saratov region to take part in joint Russian-Uzbek exercises at the Termez training ground near Uzbekistan’s border with Afghanistan, the Russian ministry of defence announced Thursday.
 
According to the MoD, the bombers will carry out practice bombing runs against camouflaged enemy militant encampments and ammunition depots. A pair of Uzbek Air Defence Force MiG-29 fighters is expected to provide air cover for the bombers during the drills.
On the ground, about 1,500 Russian and Uzbek peacekeeping units and special forces reconnaissance troops are taking part in the ongoing drills, which are expected to continue until next Tuesday.
 
 

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