23 january 2019
Central Asia news
Several weeks ago ISIS (also known as ISIL and Islamic State) forces reached Turkey’s borders, destroying all ‘infidels’ in their path, by which they mean both Christians and Muslims belonging to other branches of Islam. Support for ISIS has also extended beyond its region: Afghan and Pakistani members of the Taliban have already begun to swear allegiance to this new radical Islamist movement. Specialists in politics and international relations, regional specialists, politicians and informed observers were asked what they think about the subject.
Carnegie Moscow Center presented the “Exploring the Prospects of Russian-Turkish Cooperation in a Turbulent Neighborhood” report compiled by the Carnegie Center and the Global Relations Forum (GRF) in Istanbul. The two organizations established a Working Group dedicated to exploring the potential for regional cooperation between Turkey and Russia under the leadership of Memduh Karakullukchu, vice chairman and president, Global Relations Forum (GRF), and Dmitri Trenin, director, Carnegie Moscow Center.
There are more than 5,000 Uzbek militants from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan hiding in North and South Waziristan, the Pakistani newspaper Daily Times reported. It quoted the FATA Additional Chief Secretary Habibullah Khan who asserted that these militants were known to travel through Balochistan. He also said there was evidence that the USA, Israel and India were involved in nurturing the insurgency in FATA. At the same time Senator Prof. Muhammad Ibrahim Khan revealed that Uzbek militants could also enter Waziristan through the international Islamabad airport. He claimed that FATA administration has been well aware of this. The information agency Ferghana.ru has interviewed Senator Ibrahim Khan on these and other issues.
"Uzbek insurgent commander", "leader of Uzbek gunmen", "leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan", "Al Qaeda Number 10 Man", "Number One enemy of Karimov's regime" - this is but a short list of the names newspapers call Takhir Yuldashev by.