What Happened: The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a deadly prison riot in the northern Tajik city of Khujand that killed 25 people, RFE/RL reported Nov. 9.
Why It Matters: Tajikistan has experienced a number of militant attacks in recent months, including an attack on foreign cyclists that was also claimed by the Islamic State. The group's claim also comes amid an ongoing standoff between Tajik security forces and residents in the Badakhshan region. While these events might not be related, they point toward an increasingly tenuous security environment in the country.
Background: A number of social media sites and messaging services have reportedly become inaccessible in Tajikistan following protests in the eastern Tajik city of Khorog. While demonstrations have ended, protestors have said that they would return in three days if their demands were not met.
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