The items listed below represent potential emerging issues that our analysts are tracking. These can be long term or short term, but will be updated daily. If an item on our Watch List becomes critical, we will email you a full analysis explaining its significance.
Each Saturday, we will follow up our daily Watch List for each week with our conclusions on these issues.
Tajikistan: An “informed source” told Radio Ozodi (Radio Free Europe’s Tajik service) that a Tajik commander and 11 other Tajik militants associated with Islamic State were killed when the United States used a Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb in Afghanistan on April 13. Tajikistan is attracting attention from many sides. Earlier this week, we noted that Afghan forces reportedly were deploying on the border with Tajikistan to block Russian supplies. About a month ago, People’s Liberation Army forces reportedly crossed into Afghanistan near the Tajik border as well. U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. Mc