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Georgia Cracks Down on Alleged ISIS Recruitment

Just as all eyes were glued on the deadly flood in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, a precarious situation was developing in the nearby Pankisi Gorge, with the arrest of a suspected recruiter for ISIS rebels in Syria.

The June 14 arrest and later search of the house of Aiuf Borchashvili led to tensions in Pankisi, a predominantly Muslim area, which has recently seen dozens of its members head off to join jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria.

The arrest and a string of detentions appear to signal that Georgian officials are now trying to push back more actively against the departure of Muslim Georgians for Syria.

Family and friends of Borchashvili, who was also the imam of the village of Jokola, staged a protest against his arrest, however, and some clerics warned that the detention is spelling trouble for the Georgian authorities.

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Georgia Cracks Down on Alleged ISIS Recruitment

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