Russia Sees IS as Reason to Boost Control in Central Asia

Protestors carry anti-migrant, anti-Islamic posters – one with the slogan "We don't need no Moscowbad" – at a Russian nationalist rally in Moscow on Nov. 4. Russian officials and pundits are sounding the alarm that the perceived growing presence of Islamic extremists in Central Asia is a threat to national security. (Photo: David Trilling)

How many Central Asians are fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and do they want to return to wage jihad upon their return home? No one knows for sure, but in recent months Russian officials and pundits have sounded the alarm.

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Edward Lemon, a former EurasiaNet contributor, is now pursuing a political science PhD in the UK.

Russia Sees IS as Reason to Boost Control in Central Asia

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