Sir - According to Hornby's Oxford Student's Dictionary of Current English, the word "insurgent" means either the adjective "rebellious", or the noun "rebel soldier".

While this definition fits perfectly well the Tadjikistan anti-Government forces, I fail to correlate the inclusion of the word "Muslim" in the Alexander Velovich and Victor Beltsov article "Tadjik tension" (Flight International, 30 October-5 November, P38).

It seems to me that the use of the term "Muslim" in this context is redundant, as the majority of the populations of the two countries referred to are of the Muslim faith, anyway.


Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Source: Flight International