The International Crisis Group released a new report August 23, The Pogroms in Kyrgyzstan, on the violence in southern Kyrgyzstan in June, finding much damning evidence that the attacks involved Kyrgyzstan’s security forces, including military, were well-planned and targeted mainly ethnic Uzbeks. Videos taken of the events show military officials directing some of the mobs and using armored personnel carriers in the attacks on ethnic Uzbek neighborhoods. Obviously the authorities in Osh are not happy with this conclusion, representing the international community's analysis of the tragic events, and have sought to deflect criticism and even obstruct investigations by human rights groups.
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