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Kazakhstan turns into graveyard for US diplomacy

In a sensational statement in October 2018, Major General Igor Kirillov, the commander of Russia's Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defense Troops went to the extent of disclosing a discernible pattern of the network of Pentagon labs being located near the borders of Russia and China.

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The unassumingly-named Central Reference Laboratory (CRL) in Almaty figuring in the Tass report was originally planned in 2013 with the US investing $102 million in a biosecurity lab to study some of the most deadly pathogens that could potentially be used in bioterrorism attacks.

Rather than locating the new facility in some obsecure tract of land in Nevada, the Pentagon deliberately chose a site near Almaty to securely store and study the highest-risk diseases such as plague, anthrax and cholera.

The rationale was that the lab would provide gainful employment to talented Kazakh researchers and get them off the streets, so to speak -- that is, discourage them from selling their scientific expertise and services to terrorist groups who may have use for biological weapons!

But the CRL, now operational, is anchored on institutional cooperation between Kazakh government and the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency under the the Pentagon, which is tasked with protecting "US National Security interests in a rapidly evolving, globalised threat environment to enable a greater understanding of our adversaries and provide solutions to WMD threats in an era of Great Power Competition."

By the way, Germany also has a similar arrangement under the rubric German-Kazakh Network for Biosafety and Biosecurity, which is co-managed by the Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology (a military research facility of the German Armed Forces for Medical Biological Defence.)

by Oui on Sun Jan 9th, 2022 at 07:06:25 PM EST
Unlike in Afghanistan, CIA and Pentagon are not in a position to "evacuate" their collaborators. And the torrential flow of events has shocked the Washington establishment. Kazakhstan is a large country (two-thirds the size of India) and sparsely populated (18 million), and the CSTO forces who moved in are well-equipped and led by a tough seasoned general who crushed the  US-backed insurgency in Chechnya.

The Russian forces have taken with them advanced Leer-3 electronic warfare system, which includes specially configured Orlan-10 drones, jamming devices, etc. Borders have been sealed.

The mandate for Russian forces is to protect "strategic assets". Presumably, such assets include the Pentagon-funded labs in Kazakhstan.

The Evolution of Modern Russian Unconventional Warfare

by Oui on Sun Jan 9th, 2022 at 07:07:54 PM EST
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Translation:
Joint briefing by the Commander of the Collective Peacekeeping Forces of the CSTO in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Colonel General Andrei Serdyukov and Deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Lieutenant General Sultan Gamaletdinov

by Oui on Sun Jan 9th, 2022 at 07:43:55 PM EST
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The Russian forces have taken with them advanced Leer-3 electronic warfare system, which includes specially configured Orlan-10 drones, jamming devices, etc. Borders have been sealed. Flights from Almaty International airport had been suspended.
by Oui on Mon Jan 10th, 2022 at 12:40:01 PM EST
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by Oui on Tue Jan 11th, 2022 at 08:12:39 PM EST
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Commander Airborne Regiment is Colonel General Andrei Serdyukov who set up a Rapid Reaction Force after Donbas and Crimea.

Was the pressure on border with Ukraine a camouflage for the developments in Kazakhstan? There have been ethnic tensions for many years and as late as December. There have been pogroms along the border with Kyrgyzstan.

Kazakhstan closes five of seven checkpoints on border with Kyrgyzstan - Kyrgyz authorities | Tass - Jan. 7, 2022 |

Almaty is a far eastern outpost city and a 4-6 hour drive from Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyrstan Travel by minibus shared taxi costs 400 Kyrgyz Som (US $5). Must be an indication of poverty and inexpensive fuel price.

by Oui on Mon Jan 10th, 2022 at 12:45:28 PM EST
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