Tajikistan shaves 13,000 men for security reasons


A Tadjik man prays while casting his ballot in his home during early Tajikistan parliamentary voting in the village of Arzob, some 25 kms from Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 01 March 2015. Polls opened in Tajikistan, as the Central Asian country elected a new parliament. Polls remain open until 8 pm (1500 GMT) and results were expected to be published 02 March.

Tajikistan shaves 13,000 men for security reasons

The Tajik government forcibly shaved the beards of 13,000 men to hinder them from becoming jihadis, Radio Free Europe reports. This makes part of a wider campaign against Islamic outlook, thought to curb militant identity. Approximately 500 Tajik nationals are thought to be fighting as volunteers for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Chatham House reports.

President Imomali Rakhmon of Tajikistan has taken successive waves of measures that resemble those of Kemal Ataturk in the 1920’s and 1...

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