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Russian troops, border guard, defense force, military base, treaty

Tajikistan did not have armed forces separate from the Soviet security system during the Soviet period. After independence, Tajikistan developed its own defense force. In 2001 there was a military of about 6,000 troops. A border guard of mostly Russian troops also exists in Tajikistan, and international peacekeeping forces of 25,000 are stationed in the country as well. In 1999 Russia and Tajikistan signed a treaty that allows Russia to maintain a military base in Tajikistan for ten years, with an option to renew thereafter.



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