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Russia drills attack helicopters, pledges help to secure Tajik-Afghan border

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian military helicopters based in Tajikistan fired air-to-surface missiles during a training exercise on Tuesday as Moscow said its forces in the Central Asian nation were fully equipped to help secure the border with Afghanistan. Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon on Monday ordered the mobilisation of 20,000 military reservists to bolster the border with Afghanistan after more than 1,000 Afghan security personnel fled across the frontier in response to Taliban militant advances. Russian President Vladimir Putin told Rakhmon on Monday that Moscow would help the impoverished…

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