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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Experts said the danger for Russia of a “second front Jihad”

Experts said that Russia may face the threat of violent extremism on its southern borders. This is due to the fact that more and more citizens of the Central Asian republics to join the ranks of terrorist organizations.

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Russia is facing the prospect of the spread of extremism on its southern borders in Central Asia, said in his analytical article by NBC News, citing experts. This brings to mind recent events in Aktobe in Cahalane, where the radicals stormed a military unit and robbed two gun store. Then killed eight people and dozens wounded.

According to Arkady Dubnov;, an analyst from the Moscow Carnegie center, the incident highlights the risk that “second front Jihad” could come from Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries, which were once part of the Soviet Union.

American intelligence sources report that of the Central Asian republics to fight in Syria and Iraq for the Islamic state (banned in Russia) left two thousand people. However, this number may be much higher.

Dubnov said that every soldier who went to ISIS may have up to a dozen male relatives who remained in Central Asia and up to 100 people sympathizers.

In the material, in particular, says that about six thousand of militants grouping “Islamic movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and a thousand fighters of the Tajik “Unduly” and “the Jamaat Ansarullah” have already crossed the border towards Afghanistan and Pakistan and began to foment insurgency there.

Experts and officials are closely monitoring the trends are mostly poor and authoritarian countries of Central Asia. signs that extremism could destabilize governments in the region. Nargis Kassenova, Professor, Kazakhstan KIMEP University, said that the threat of terrorism affected and Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan but in Tajikistan, where the state is weak, the Islamists have a chance to take power.

The newspaper reminds that last year the commander of the OMON of the interior Ministry of Tajikistan Gulmurod Khalimov went over to the side of the IG, stating that doing this in protest against the oppression of Muslims. He also promised to arrange “the Jihad in their country.”

Experts point out that the Tajik authorities resorted to harsh measures to suppress the Islamists. So the police closed the stores that sold hijabs and forced 13 000 men to shave their beards. Also eliminated was the only legal Islamic party. All of this is pushing Muslims in the political underground.

In Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan also apply tough measures against the Islamists. However, experts say that “the usual methods of coercion and repression, might have “unpleasant consequences.” “The war on terror only breeds more terrorists,” – said Kassenova.

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