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The Growing Threat Of Militants In A Corner Of Central Asia

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From the Tajik-Afghan border in the south to Kyrgyzstan's capital of Bishkek in the north, it has been a violent winter. The cold months are usually an uneventful time in mountainous Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, but this season was different.

There were bombings in Kyrgyzstan's capital, lingering ethnic tensions in the southern part of the country, and several clashes between security forces and Islamic groups in eastern and northern Tajikistan. Reported incidents of terrorist attacks and activity in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have never been so frequent as they have since last September.

With mountain passes leading through both countries into Afghanistan starting to open in the spring thaw, concerns are high that militant violence could soar.

The political situation in both countries, according to analysts, could play into the hands of Islamic militant groups trying to gain wider influence in the region.

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Salimjon Aioubov of RFE/RL's Tajik Service, Mustafa Sarwar of RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan, and RFE/RL's Uzbek Service director Alisher Sidikov contributed to this report

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The Growing Threat Of Militants In A Corner Of Central Asia

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