Popular Front (Tajikistan)

Country: Tajikistan
Details of Formation: The group evolved as a pro-Communist governmental group to assist the government in fighting Islamic rebels during the civil war in 1992/93 and is generally said to have been instrumental in the Communists’ victory.
Details of Termination: The group was disbanded and/or integrated into the new National Army. It was announced that members were to constitute the basis of the new army’s recruits and that the integration process was intended to facilitate disarmament. The need for training all members was mitigated by taking this course of action. News reports later indicate that the group was disbanded.
Purpose: The group was established to help the government fight its armed opponents (Islamic rebels).
Organisation: Sangak Safarov was leader of the group from summer 1992 onwards. Internal leadership struggles resulted in his death in 1993. The group's internal structure included field commanders that were subordinated to his command.
Weapons and Training: It is reported that the group was armed and trained well, although it is not stated whether this originated from the government or not.
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References: Information was taken from news sources listed in the PGMD.