TSC Report Cited by CNN: How Uzbekistan Became Ripe Recruiting Territory for ISIS
November 2, 2017

How Uzbekistan Became Ripe Recruiting Territory for ISIS

By: Mitch Prothero


As American counter-terrorism officials piece together the planning behind Tuesday’s terrorist attack in Manhattan and possible connections between the Uzbek perpetrator and ISIS, the spotlight has fallen on the roles that Uzbekistan and Central Asia have played as recruitment bases and launch pads for transnational terrorist groups …

Five former Soviet republics — Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan — are considered to be potent recruiting areas for ISIS to replenish its ranks, either through the remnants of the falling caliphate or through its affiliates. It is estimated that close to 5,000 Central Asia foreign fighters have traveled to Iraq and Syria, with around 1,500 from Uzbekistan, according to a report last month from The Soufan Group


To download The Soufan Center’s report click here.


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