Central Asia: Down in the Valley


May 15, 2006: The terrorist attacks over the weekend were a desperate effort, meant to show that Islamic terrorists were still active. This goal was achieved, but the dead and captured terrorists provide the police with leads to other Islamic militants in the region.

May 13, 2006: Nine people were killed in the attacks along the Kyrgyzstan/Tajikistan border before some of the 400 police searching for them, caught up with the terrorists, killing five and capturing two. In addition to weapons and explosives, the Islamic terrorists were carrying Islamic radical literature. The captured terrorists said they belonged to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.

May 12, 2006: Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan responded to an outburst of terrorist activity in the Ferghana Valley (which runs through the three countries.) Islamic terrorist groups Hizbi Tahrir and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan are still active in the area, and seven terrorist gunmen attacked border posts along the Kyrgyzstan/Tajikistan border. The Ferghana Valley is an island of fertility in an otherwise dry and inhospitable part of the world. The valley is densely populated.


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