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Tajikistan, the troubled former republic of the Soviet Union, where some 100,000 people have died in civil unrest since early 1992, is being drawn into the brutal war across its southern border in Afghanistan. Officials in Tajikistan as well as Moscow (which is propping up the Tajik government) say the southern town of Kulyab, the political stronghold of Tajik President Imomali Rakhmonov, has become a major resupply base for Afghan forces opposed to the Taliban, the fundamentalist Islamic fighters who have taken control of much of Afghanistan in the past year. Sources have told TIME the military aid either comes directly...

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