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Insight - Central Asia crackdown on militant Islam risks backlash| Reuters

Jul 29, 2015    

OSH, Kyrgyzstan Authorities in Central Asia's former Soviet "stans" are taking draconian measures to stamp out militant Islam, but their harsh methods and the absence of democratic politics risk provoking a backlash that could bring even greater instability.While the region's authoritarian rulers have battled Islamic militancy throughout the quarter century since the Soviet Union broke up, the rise of the Islamic State group has brought what security services describe as a new, more dangerous threat.Uzbekistan has banned beards, outlawed Islamic dress, shut restaurants that refuse to...

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