Uzbekistan and Islamic State: Phantom or Foe?

In a video reportedly released in September by the Imam Bukhari Jamaat militant group, a young man, identified as Uzbek national Jafar al-Tayyar, is hugged by other members of the Islamist Uzbek-led group minutes before he takes part in a suicide mission near the Shi’ite town of Fu’a, Syria. (Screen shot from Imam Bukhari Jamaat video)

Numerous recent news accounts in Uzbekistan would seem to indicate mounting agitation over alleged activity by Islamic State — an extremist organization not previously known to have made inroads into the country.
 

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