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Central Asia's Desirable Militants

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Citizens of Central Asia seem to be present wherever a Sunni Muslim group has declared jihad.
 
Uzbeks, in particular, but also Tajiks, Kyrgyz, Kazakhs, and Turkmen have joined groups in nearby Afghanistan and Pakistan and also further away, in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq.
 
Jihadist groups highly value these Central Asian recruits, and there is incentive for Central Asians to join.
 
RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service organized a panel discussion to examine Central Asia’s militants -- what makes them desirable to various jihadist groups and what stirs the desire of some Central Asians to leave home and wage jihad.
 
Turkmen Service Director Muhammad Tahir moderated the talk.
 

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Central Asia's Desirable Militants

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