By empty (6/25/2001 issue of the CACI Analyst)The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry on 23 June reported that Armenian army troops opened fire on Azerbaijani positions in Babek Raion late on 22 June. On 22 June, Armenia had rejected as a fabrication earlier Azerbaijani claims that Armenian troops had subjected Azerbaijani villages close to the border between Armenia and theAzerbaijani exclave of Nakhichevan to machine-gun fire on 20 June. (RFE/RL).
By empty (6/26/2001 issue of the CACI Analyst)Reports from Teheran say that two student journalists have been jailed by a court dominated by conservatives in the central city of Yazd. A reformist daily newspaper Hambastegi said Islamic and cultural groups had complained about articles in the Yazd University student magazine, Arman, which has since been outlawed. Fifteen other people who worked on the magazine have also been summoned by the media court.
By empty (6/25/2001 issue of the CACI Analyst)The International Relations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to extend the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act for another five years by a 41-3 vote on 20 June.
By empty (6/25/2001 issue of the CACI Analyst)Fighting between Tajik Interior Ministry troops and former opposition fighters loyal to field commander Rakhmon Sanginov continued on 24 June for the third consecutive day. At that time, five Interior Ministry troops and 10 gunmen were reported to have been killed, and a further 10 Interior Ministry troops had been wounded, and the militants were said to be retreating from their positions east of Dushanbe. (Reuters).
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