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Turkmenistan achieved its independence upon the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

As a central component of the Turkestan Military District, Turkmenistan experienced a large buildup of Soviet troops during the Afghanistan war in the 1980s. Naval forces and coastal artillery were also stationed in Turkmenistan as a component of the Caspian Sea Fleet.

After the Soviet Union collapsed, Turkmenistan inherited the largest armed force in Central Asia. Neutrality has...

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