Fleeing a Corrupt Kyrgyzstan, Man Finds Solace in Syrian Jihad

Young and old gather for Friday prayers at the Imam Al-Bukhari Mosque in Osh. Kyrgyz officials point to the southwestern part of the country as a center for recruitment of Islamic extremist fighters. (Photo: David Trilling)

In June 2013, when Botir told his parents that he was leaving his village in southern Kyrgyzstan for Turkey to find construction work, they were worried. The 30-year-old shopkeeper had only recently been released from prison after serving a short sentence on terrorism-related charges.

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Fleeing a Corrupt Kyrgyzstan, Man Finds Solace in Syrian Jihad

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