Tajikistan is situated at the crossroads of major Asian civilisations – Chinese, Indian, Persian, Russian and Turkish, and was influenced by all of them. For this reason the conflict in this country was one of potentially most dangerous of all the wars in the former USSR. Tajikistan is a land-locked, mountainous country, bordering to Afghanistan, China, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. Tajikistan is a mountainous country. 93% of its territory is surrounded by mountains, referring to the highest mountain systems of Central Asia: Tien-Shan and the Pamirs. The huge mountains are everywhere cut up by a rich network of gorges and canyons by the Panj River. Aychi is a small obscure village in Tajikistan close to the Afghan border.