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How Putin Plans to Fight Terrorism in Central Asia
October 20, 2015

How Putin Plans to Fight Terrorism in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Fears of spillover from Afghanistan and ISIS have prompted Moscow to increase its military might in Central Asia.
Russia Continues Inflating the ISIS Threat in Central Asia
September 24, 2015

Russia Continues Inflating the ISIS Threat in Central Asia

By Casey Michel
ISIS is recruiting around the world, but Russian rhetoric boosts the threat of ISIS to the region beyond reality.

Washington’s Revealing Central Asia Report
June 29, 2015

Washington’s Revealing Central Asia Report

By Casey Michel
A new State Department report is further evidence of a lack of U.S. policy for the region.

Tajikistan's Former Special Police Commander Appears in Second ISIS Video
June 19, 2015

Tajikistan's Former Special Police Commander Appears in Second ISIS Video

By Catherine Putz
In his second video, Gulmurod Halimov threatens his brother and a government cleric.

Missing Tajik Commander Shows Up in ISIS Video
May 28, 2015

Missing Tajik Commander Shows Up in ISIS Video

By Catherine Putz
Halimov has been missing since late April and was reportedly arrested last week in Turkey. The mystery continues.
Did the Missing Tajik Commander Just Reappear?
May 21, 2015

Did the Missing Tajik Commander Just Reappear?

By Catherine Putz
Some reports say Gulmurod Halimov has been detained in Turkey. Tajik authorities are not so sure.

Tajik Special Police Commander Disappears
May 15, 2015

Tajik Special Police Commander Disappears

By Catherine Putz
Some have speculated that Gulmurod Halimov has left the country to join ISIS. His family says that isn’t true.
Tajikistan to Local Police: Stop Forcibly Shaving Muslims
April 29, 2015

Tajikistan to Local Police: Stop Forcibly Shaving Muslims

By Catherine Putz
Police should only remind young men to "take care of themselves and observe personal hygiene," not actually shave them

A Kyrgyz Family in the Islamic State
April 21, 2015

A Kyrgyz Family in the Islamic State

By Luca Bello
A family leaves home in Kyrgyzstan to join the Islamic State. Tragedy ensues.

Moscow Hypes the Central Asia Jihadist Threat
October 06, 2014

Moscow Hypes the Central Asia Jihadist Threat

By Casey Michel
Wildly overstating the threat Islamic State poses to the region justifies calls for more curbs on civil liberties.

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