Russia conducted antiterrorism drills in Tajikistan at the Lyaur military range on the outskirts of the Tajikistani capital of Dushanbe. According to the spokesman for the Russian Central Military District Nikolay Berkalov, the 201st Motor Rifle Division was involved in seek and destroy missions.
“Reconnaissance teams of the 201st military base were involved in the simulated terrorist headquarters’ seek and destroy mission,” the official said. According to him, “the special operation was conducted simultaneously from two sides for the distraction of the terrorists’ attention.”
The 783rd Separate Reconnaissance Battalion is responsible for all reconnaissance operations for the 201st. Under the cover of the BTR-80 armored personnel carriers (APC) machine gun fire, the infantry was able to successfully assault the terrorist headquarters.
The drills also involved drones and automatic weapons equipped with silencers. Counter-sabotage actions were performed in unfamiliar mountainous terrain during the day and nighttime.
According to TASS, “the 201st Russian military base was created in 2004 on the premises of the 201st division and numbers 6,000 officers and soldiers. It is the largest Russian military contingent abroad. The military units of the base are deployed in the Tajikistani capital of Dushanbe, the city of Kurgan-Tyube, southern Tajikistan, and Kulyab, eastern Tajikistan, where the Russian regiment was formed back in the 30s of the previous century. The term of deployment of the Russian military base in Tajikistan expired in 2014. In October 2012 the presidents of the two countries signed an agreement extending the term of deployment of the Russian military base in Tajikistan until 2042.”
Antiterrorism drills in Central Asia are largely conducted to stop terrorist influx from countries such as Afghanistan and Iran.