Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Central Asia and Transcaucasia

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Central Asia and Transcaucasia

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1997

Feb. 4: In Obigarm, Tajikistan, the opposition group led by Rizvon Sadirov abducted four UN observers. The group demanded safe passage for other group members from Afghanistan to Tajikistan in exchange for the release of the hostages. [2/5 NYT]

Feb. 6: In Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Rizvon Sadirov's rebel group abducted four UN workers. [2/7 NYT]

Feb. 7: Sadirov's rebels released two Red Cross workers seized earlier in the week. The group continued to hold 11 other hostages, including nine UN workers. [2/8 NYT]

Feb. 15: Under a prisoner-exchange deal between the government and the Sadirov group, the Tajikistani government released 35 Sadirov fighters. The government said that Sadirov failed to release II hostages. [2/16 NYT]

Feb. 16: Sadirov's rebels released five hostages as part of a deal with the Tajikistani government. [2/17 NYT]

Feb. 17: In Tajikistan, Sadirov's rebels released their final six hostages. [2/18 NYT]

Feb. 18: In Dushanbe, unknown gunmen killed seven people at the US embassy. The United States evacuated dependents of embassy staff. [2/23 WP]

Feb. 21: Tajikistan's government and the opposition group of Sayyid `Abdallah Nuri agreed to share power in a new government. …

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