Tajikistan and Islamic State: Threat or Bogeyman?

Gulmurod Khalimov (center), a well-known Islamic State commander who served as a high-ranking officer in Tajikistan’s OMON riot police before defecting in early 2015. Authorities in Tajikistan have presented a murky, muddled and contradictory public message — on the one hand warning of a clear and present danger of religious extremism, while also claiming that they are containing the challenge. (Video screenshot)

Perhaps the greatest existential threat facing Tajikistan is posed by the Islamic State militant group, according to the government narrative. Or maybe not, some officials suggest.
 

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