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STANISLAV MISHIN: How the Muslim Brotherhood Saved the U.S. Dollar

January 30, 2011 Comments off

The following column is reprinted with permission from Stanislav Mishin, a regular contributor to Russian newspaper Pravda.

How the Muslim Brotherhood Saved the U.S. Dollar
©  Stanislav Mishin
Source:  Mat Rodina
January 30, 2011

There are two truths that the Anglo Elites know all too well: democracy in the West means a ruling oligarchy with good PR, democracy in the Middle East means Islamic Jihadists and Fundamentalists. This has been a fact for many years and is not, in any way a shock or disconnect for any of the American elites now backing “democracy” revolutions.

1.  Iranian revolution, 1978-1979: Mass protests by a wide coalition against the King. Result? Mullahs take over.

2.  Egypt has free parliamentary elections. Results? The Muslim Brotherhood becomes the second most powerful party in the country, before being quickly banned.

3.  Americans allow free elections in Iraq. Results? Islamist parties become the main power blocks in power.

4.  Palestinians have free elections: Voters protest against corrupt regime. Result? Hamas is now running the Gaza Strip.

5.  Beirut Spring: Christians, Sunni Muslims, and Druze unite against Syrian control. Moderate government gains power. Result? Hezbollah is now the main political force in Lebanon.

6.  Algeria holds free elections: Voters back moderate Islamist group. Result? Military coup; Islamists turn (or reveal their true thinking) radical; tens of thousands of people killed.

Quite simply, the majority of the population has an insane infatuation with extremist Islam, be it Shiite or Sunni. Again, none of this is a surprise to the owners of the Anglo sphere. So why are they so actively backing revolutions and over throws throughout the Middle East?

Already a revolution has swept out the sectarian dictator of Tunisia, with Islamists quickly moving in. Exiled leader of Tunisian Islamist party returning to role in ‘new era of democracy’.

Protests, demonstrations and revolutions have now spread to Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Albania, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Egypt is by far, the worst hit, with the government teetering, mass looting and violence becoming the norm and the Muslim Brotherhood riding high.

All of this, of course is nothing new, it is a rehash of past and present events. So, my astute readers are now asking, again, why are the Anglo Elites servicing these revolutions and how will this save the U.S. dollar, or at least stave off its death for a few more years?

To answer that one must understand that to be a vassal, er, an ally of the Anglos is worse than to be an enemy. At least an enemy knows where he stands, while an ally will be used and when his or her utilization has reached its max, will be betrayed, back stabbed and sold out as best suits the Anglos, be it an Irishman or a Half Arab who sits in the Oval Office.

So now the time has come for a new round of betrayals, to prop up the USD at the expense of allies. You see, dear reader, the U.S. dollar is the exchange currency for Oil and Gas and the higher the price, the more the USD is demanded. The more that is demanded, to buy the more expensive oil and gas, the more debt currency the U.S. private Federal Reserve gets to print up and drop off on the world, allowing for accumulation of real resources, worth real value, as well as continuing pointless Marxist programs and the off-shoring of American hyper inflation to the rest of humanity.

This is nothing new. The U.S. ‘colour revolutions’ were used in the Central Asian states, to create havoc in areas adjacent to oil. The first was in Uzbekistan, where the socialist dictator and U.S. ally, Karimov, has been designated for removal by a U.S.-sponsored Islamic revolution. Unfortunately for the Americans, Karimov had no problem massacring the American paid for revolutionaries. He followed this by ousting the U.S. base on his lands and running to Moscow for protection.

The U.S. dollar did not get its intended boost in the Central Asian territories, at that time, however, the Americans did not give up. Even if a revolution fails in the directly affected area, one can be staged in an adjacent area which will lead to further instability in the intended area, thus driving up the price of oil and gas. To that end, the Americans created and backed the civil war in Tajikistan, where Uzbeki fanatics, in the south of the country now have defacto rule and will export their jihad to their own mother country, thus ensuring high levels of instability for decades to come.

To that same end, the Americans are backing the revolutions on the periphery of the main oil fields of the Middle East, in full knowledge that this will spill further and further into the oil producing regions. That is the plan, after all.

Tunisia, itself, a small time oil producer, accounts for 40,000 barrels/day.

Algeria and Yemen have also faced mass protests, funded and organized by Western NGOs, even as the owners of those NGOs pretend to be sympathetic to the rulers of the countries in question. However, as in Uzbekistan, these rulers have and will continue to respond with massive force, making sure that their U.S.-sponsored, home grown Islamics do not get very far. In Yemen, early Sunday, the government arrested Tawakul Karman, a prominent journalist and member of the Islamist party Isiah. He had organized protests through text messages and emails. All of the Western press are playing their roll, screaming to the high heavens about this Islamic fundamentalist’s follow on release and her love of freedom, even though Fundamentalist Islam believes in Sharia and has no freedom, other than the right to murder unbelievers.

Jordan, one of the most stable regional powers, has also been rocked by protests, as more than 5,000 people took to the streets, demanding the King give up his power, to “the people”.

Egypt has not been so lucky. Its government has proven, so far, to be weak, with many in the military openly siding with the Islamic Brotherhood and its Western NGO backers. Looting in the streets is rampant, as is direct confrontation with those special police forces, and special forces, still loyal to the dictatorship. The end is only a matter of time.

Egypt itself is responsible for the production of 680,000 barrels of oil per day. While this is about 1-2% of the world total output, Egypt further plays a massive role, with the Suez Canal and the alternate Surned pipeline, of passing an additional 1 million barrels of crude bound for the European and American markets. It is bad enough with the Somali pirates pushing up the price of oil, or why do you think that a trigger-happy America willing to invade just about anyone it can, including once upon a time Somalia, suddenly is too timid to deal with a bunch of rag tag pirates?

Other protests have erupted in Morocco, Libya, Lebanon and even Albania. All around the edges of the major oil players.

More worrisome than disruptions to Egypt’s oil production is the prospect that the unrest spreads to other hard-line states in the region, such as Libya and Algeria, both members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Other countries in the region, including Tunisia and Yemen, have been wracked by anti-government protests in recent weeks, though neither is a major oil producer.

“If this thing spreads across the North African continent, gets into Libya, Algeria, then you’ve got trouble,” said Stephen Schork, editor of the Schork Report energy newsletter.

Finally, this whole process is now spilling into Saudi Arabia and soon possibly into the whole of the Gulf princedoms. The oil shocks will be profound and will be quick.

Already, with just the Egyptian upheavals, and as expected, just on the Thursday and Friday violence, oil went up over 4%, some $3.70 per barrel. Another similar rise can be expected this week, if not higher. When, not if, Mubarak’s government falls, oil should be expected to hit close to the $100 mark. With Nigeria also sinking into civil war, oil may well peak over $100/barrel by the end of February.

The American media and their other Western underlings and affiliates, are doing their part in colouring these as peoples’ fights for freedom and human rights. Of course they know full well what this will lead to: Islamic fundamentalism, which is the only result that this has ever led to. Then when this happens, when the correct end result is in place, those very same self-serving hypocrites, will throw up their hands and declare that they are shocked that those stupid, dirty Arabs could not make any go of “freedom” even after all the help they were given.

The Americans have been preparing for this for years. Many foolishly blame this on Obama, he is a part of this, but his is only the final chapter in the preparation for one of the last ditch efforts to stave off Judgment Day of the U.S. dollar and its debt built and house of cards economy.

“What happened in Georgia with the Rose Revolution and Orange Revolution in Ukraine in 2003-2004 was part of a long-term strategy orchestrated by the Pentagon, the State Department and various U.S.-financed NGOs like Freedom House and National Endowment for Democracy to create pro-NATO regime change in those former Soviet Union areas and to literally encircle Russia,” author and researcher William Engdahl told RT.

“What is going on in the Middle East with the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia that we saw a few days ago, and now in Egypt with Mubarak in his 80s, and obviously a regime that is not exactly the most stable one, we have a food crisis taking place as a backdrop and the IMF coming and telling these countries to eliminate their state food subsidies so you have, of course, the explosive background for popular unrest. Within that you have these NGOs, like Freedom House, training activists and trade unions and various other organizations to demand democracy, demand human rights and so forth,” he added.

This earlier report by RT [“TV Novosti”] sums the process up even better:

Dr. William Robinson is one of the foremost experts on Washington’s democracy promotion initiatives, he wrote the book ‘Promoting Polyarhcy.’

“In Latin America, in Eastern Europe with the Velvet Revolutions, in Africa, in the Middle East, really all over the world, the U.S. set up these different mechanisms now for penetrating these civil societies in the political systems of countries that are going to be intervened and to assure the outcome is going to be pleasing to Washington’s foreign policy objectives,” said Robinson.

Lawrence Wilkerson, the former Chief of Staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell said, “We do this through surrogates and non-governmental organization and through people who are less suspecting of the evil that may lurk behind their actions than perhaps they were before. Have we learned some lessons in that regard? You bet! Do we do it better? You bet! Is it still just as heinous as it has always been? You bet!”

The Americans call this process Creative Destruction, that is the new catch phrase for world revolutions, no different than that which was exported from our own country while it was ruled by Anglo financed Marxists. While the PR may be promising and alluring, the results will be misery and death for those in ground zero: with tourism and industry fleeing fundamentalist regimes, resulting in yet more starvation and poverty, and a massive enrichment for the top 1% of the Anglo elite who could not give a bigger damn, no matter what their fully owned media mouth pieces may be saying.

The massive increases in the price of oil, as well as the increased demand for weapons by those states who border these areas, will line the pockets of thousands of executives and politicians in America, and to a smaller level, of England, for decades to come. If a war or three are spawned from this, even better.

Furthermore, with refugees and terrorism flooding Europe, which is finally starting to react violently to the virus that is attacking the body social at large, and the confiscation of European industry in Northern Africa, the Euro will be on the front lines of these new Islamic plagues, like never before. It will take another beating, with the dollar remaining a “safe” investment. Just another big plus, not to mention the new missions for NATO and that military-industrial complex, this will generate.

As for the American serfs, the little people? Well, the $6-10/gallon ($1.50-$2.25/liter) gasoline will crush them. Sure, the socialist welfare programs that their government will finance by selling yet more dollars, will help some, but it is a mild treatment for a terminal disease. Their falling wages, in the face of mass and growing unemployment as well as soaring inflation, will drag the last of the middle class into poverty and slavery. However, unlike the Arabs or the French or most other people of the world, they will do what their British cousins have been doing for the past 30 years, put up a stiff upper lip and accept this as their reality. And yes, as before, for the world at large, their owners in NYC, DC and London, could not really give a bigger damn.

A passive people, believing in their own illusionary freedoms and high on their own self importance, make for the best slaves and no where are there more such slaves than in the USA.

The rest of us will also have to live with an ever more violent world, courtesy of the biggest sponsor of Islamic insanity the world has ever had the sorry state of knowing.


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An Extremist Link Between Tajikistan, Waziristan

January 27, 2011 Comments off

The following article is reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington D.C. 20036.

An Extremist Link Between Tajikistan, Waziristan
By Bruce Pannier
January 27, 2011

RFE/RL’s Tajik Service has been tracking a shadowy figure who may be a key link between Pakistan’s tribal region and Central Asia, and at the same time a person who may prove the evolution of one of Central Asia’s most notorious terrorist groups.

His name is Domullah Amriddin, and as the first part of his name suggests he is more than a mere mullah, he is an Islamic scholar. He was also a member of the Islamic wing of Tajikistan’s opposition during the 1992-97 civil war. And like other former civil war fighters who have been in the news in Tajikistan often lately, Domullah did not agree with the peace deal the Tajik government and opposition reached in 1997.

Domullah wanted to continue fighting and turn Tajikistan into an Islamic state. There were wartime allies — Uzbeks — who were forming their own group with a similar goal for Uzbekistan. They became the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and Domullah joined them.

When IMU members were deported from Tajikistan to Afghanistan in late 1999, Domullah was aboard the Russian Border Guard helicopters that transported them south, part of a desperation deal the Tajik government struck with the IMU to get them out of Tajikistan. Also on one of those helicopters was IMU leader Juma Namangani.

Namangani and Domullah were in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz Province in November 2001 when the United States bombed the area, decimating IMU forces there and killing Namangani. As the story goes, Domullah was so high up in the IMU by that time that there was talk of making him the new leader. But as military specialist Amrullo Sobir told RFE/RL’s Tajik Service, Domullah was not suited to head the IMU because “the leader should be an Uzbek.”

“So,” he said, “the Islamic Movement of Turkestan was created.”

The existence of the Islamic Movement of Turkestan (IMT) — under which Turkestan refers to the swath of land from the Caspian Sea to the eastern borders of Xinjiang Province in modern-day China — has been debated for years. There have been reports out of Pakistan that said after the IMU was chased, now leaderless, from Afghanistan into Pakistan the group split into three groups. The IMU remained, although stuck and fighting in Waziristan, committed to overthrowing Uzbekistan’s government and also remained a core Uzbek group.

The Islamic Jihad Union widened its scope and set its sights on areas as far away as Europe. Several members of that group were arrested in Germany for plotting terrorist attacks. The IMT stayed focused on Central Asia and attempted to broaden its membership among the peoples of Central Asia, including not only Uzbeks and Tajiks but also Kyrgyz, Uyghurs, and other indigenous peoples of the region. At least that is what the small amount of information available on these groups and their recent movements indicates.

According to information coming out of Tajikistan, including that of Tajik military specialist Sobir, Domullah is responsible for sending Mullo Abdullo, another ally from the Tajik civil war days and friend of the IMU, to eastern Tajikistan in 2009. Tajik security forces have been chasing Mullo Abdullo through Tajikistan’s eastern mountains ever since. In the course of the hunt close to 100 Tajik servicemen and police have been killed, including the 28 killed in an ambush in September. Tajik authorities blame Mullo Abdullo, for the ambush.

Sobir said Domullah and Taliban chief Mullah Mohammad Omar are close and that together the two probably made the decision to send Abdullo north.

Domullah’s name had not come up for some time. While these tales could be dismissed as pure conjecture it is also true that there are no credible sightings of Mullo Abdullo or Mullah Omar recently, yet Tajik authorities are searching for Abdullo and Pakistani and Afghan authorities for Mullah Omar.


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Who Can Help Tackle the Afghan Conundrum

December 27, 2010 Comments off

The following commentary is reprinted with permission from Russia’s Strategic Culture Foundation.

Who Can Help Tackle the Afghan Conundrum
©  Nikolai Kozyrev
Source:  Strategic Culture Foundation
December 27, 2010

Considering that the hope to crush the resistance of radical groups in Afghanistan is not materializing while the scheduled withdrawal of the Western coalition from the country is drawing closer, Russia is left with no other option but to take a bigger role in tackling the Afghan and the wider regional problems. A potential strategy in the context is to build a coalition based on the already existing blocs, namely the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Groundwork for the alliance was laid in July, 2010 when Russia, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan launched the so-called Kabul process. The initiative kept gathering momentum at the subsequent four-lateral conventions in Dushanbe and Sochi last August. The declaration signed by the four countries in Sochi offers a viable plan of joint efforts aimed at countering terrorism, drug trafficking, and organized crime as well as at boosting the regional economic cooperation and forging direct ties between the corresponding business circles. The involvement of resourceful alliances – the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization – could seriously energize the process.

Iran and India should certainly be invited to the coalition. Russia’s position on Iran is that Tehran’s immersion in regional affairs should in the long run help defuse the crisis around the Iranian nuclear program. Entraining India may be an uphill task given the atmosphere of persistent suspicion which dominates its relations with Pakistan. On the other hand, the Indian-Pakistani collaboration in regional security should promote the overall understanding between the two countries.

From Moscow’s perspective, a key benefit of the Afghan engagement of the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is that they can help Russia build the much-needed security buffer along its southern frontier. No doubt, the post-Soviet Central Asian members of the two alliances have profound reasons to share the goal.

Since 2001, Russia’s aid to Afghanistan in the form of the waiving of the huge Afghan indebtedness along with the contributions to the strengthening of its national army and security forces and to various infrastructural reconstruction efforts did not go unnoticed in the country. Awareness is growing among Afghans that Russia has long turned the page on its Soviet-era campaign in Afghanistan and has nothing to do with the hostilities underway in the country. At the moment, Russia should stage a comeback in Afghanistan, but certainly not as a military power. Rather, Russian businessmen and engineers should lend Afghans a hand in bringing back to life the old Soviet-built economic infrastructures and in creating new ones.

Caution should be exercised in the process of attracting the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to the Afghan affairs, especially those of the military character. The security cooperation should be strictly limited to guarding borders and coordinating anti-drug and anti-terrorist activities, while direct involvement of the two alliances in any offensives on the Afghan territory should be avoided. Having suffered a de facto defeat in Afghanistan, the U.S. would be glad to see Russia and its allies take over and shoulder the burden of the Afghan problems, but the scenario is clearly unacceptable to Moscow.

Due to the whole range of political, military and economic regards, Russia should do whatever it takes not to get dragged into Afghanistan’s domestic conflict. In this light, the recent anti-narcotics raid launched in Afghanistan jointly by Russian and U.S. drug-enforcement seems to be an ill-conceived initiative. Afghanistan’s problems are not solvable on military tracks and Moscow’s optimal strategy is to refrain from any use of force in the country. Instead, Russia should take part in training Afghanistan’s own security forces, support its anti-drug efforts, and provide advisory input to the country’s legislative reform.

Afghanistan’s participation in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s summits and the Afghanistan contact group sessions shows that – locked in the stagnant armed conflict, facing the lack of positive socioeconomic dynamics in the country, and anticipating the disastrous consequences of the coming U.S. withdrawal – H. Karzai’s regime is increasingly interested in engaging with various regional blocs. The settlement in Afghanistan would take a maximally inclusive dialog across the Afghan ethnic patchwork. The risk that the Talibs would prevail shortly upon the Western coalition’s pullout will likely prove overstated if the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization make a commitment to keep Afghanistan afloat militarily and pour sufficient material resources into the country.

Keeping out of any military operations in Afghanistan, the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization or, rather, their broader coalition with Afghanistan and Pakistan would be able to establish the foundations of a new Afghan statehood so that Afghanistan would stop being a headache to its neighbors. In any case, the importance of the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to Afghanistan will grow. The Collective Security Treaty Organization has a potential to at least localize the threat to regional security currently emanating from the country, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as a mainly economic institution should be able to contribute to the solution of Afghanistan’s socioeconomic problems. The combined efforts will help tackle the Afghan conundrum.


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Russian border guards to fight Taliban

December 17, 2010 Comments off

The following commentary is reprinted with permission from Pravda, Moscow.

Russian border guards to fight Taliban
By Sergei Balmasov
December 17, 2010

Russia is once again prepared to take custody of the Tajik-Afghan border. This was stated by head of the CIS Department of the Foreign Ministry of Russia Maxim Peshkov, formerly a Russian ambassador to Tajikistan.

According to him, it can be done “with regard to the situation in Afghanistan and the growing threat of terrorism.” He said that the issue is currently under review and “if the Tajiks invite us to protect their borders, there is no reason to deny this request.”

You do not have to be a psychic to predict that Dushanbe will ask Russia about it. Tajikistan is becoming increasingly restless. On September 22, a gang of an Islamist Mullah Abdullah Rakhimov defeated a unit of Tajik troops. According to local media, this operation involved militants from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The successful operation against the Tajik military once again proved that they are not good. It is not a coincidence that after the incident president Rahmon begged foreign countries to help strengthen the border so the “plague” would not come from Afghanistan to Central Asian countries.

Five years ago there were Russian military on the Tajik-Afghan border. The results of their work speak for themselves: in 1992-2005 they detained over three thousand trespassers and militants, seized 1,003 firearms, including anti-aircraft and MANPADS, and over 447,000 munitions. Nearly 11.5 tons of heroin was seized, not counting thousands of tons of recreational drugs.

However, these heroic deeds have cost them dearly: 161 Russian border guards have been killed, 362 injured. In some cases, Russian border guards had to withstand real battles against the enemy largely surpassing them in number. On July 13, 1993, Afghan and Tajik Mujahideen attacked Moscow frontier detachment number 12. They did not hide the fact that its destruction was the act of retaliation for an active struggle of the Russian military with the mafia. In that battle 25 Russian border guards and soldiers out of 48 have been killed.

It is worth mentioning that the reaction of Tajikistan on possible return of Russian border guards is rather strange: many do not like the idea, assuming that Dushanbe is capable of defending itself. Some speak in a spirit that “there is no need for Russian kids to die somewhere in Tajikistan” and that the appearance of Russian military may complicate bilateral relations.

The latter concern was not expressed by accident. Transportation of Afghan heroin through the Panj has long become a very profitable business on both sides of the border. Everyone knows the existing rates for safe transportation of drugs through the barriers of Tajik border guards.

In recent years heroin production in Afghanistan has increased tenfold. Its lion’s share is still being transferred through the well-organized “northern route” through Tajikistan.

There is another issue: in Tajikistan Russian guards will be at risk of finding themselves between a hammer and anvil. Sooner or later, NATO will leave Afghanistan and the Taliban regime will reign there that promises to punish those who helped “the crusaders to destroy the Afghan people.” They consider the supporters of Rakhmonov’s regime who provided the territory of Tajikistan for the rear base of NATO to be such “helpers.”

Will Russian border guards stand if the Taliban decides to go through the Panj? It is rather doubtful. It is true that Russia has its Infantry Division number 201 located in Tajikistan. However, given that much of the personnel of this division are contractors from the Tajiks, it is a very big question whose side they would take when it comes to it.

A question arises – should Russians remember the lines from the song “Tajikistan is another Afghan?” Head of the Department of CIS Foundation Center for Political Technologies Sergei Mikheyev answered this question:

“The emergence of our border guards would be useful to combat drug trafficking and to maintain our influence in the region as a whole. However, due to the fact that it is not beneficial for the Tajik authorities, the conclusion suggests itself: do we need this? Drug trafficking in Tajikistan is under their care. For Tajik authorities the struggle with transit of drugs that brings humongous profits is clearly not profitable. And I’m afraid that in case of the dispatch of guards we again will not do without coffins.”

According to Deputy Director of the Institute of Political and Military Analysis Alexander Khramchikhin, “on the one hand, location at the border is necessary to combat drug trafficking, since the Tajik border guards are good-for-nothing. But sending them there no one can guarantee that they will return. Soon NATO troops will withdraw from there, and the Taliban will reign. A handful of border guards obviously will not be capable of defeating them. We cannot count on unit 201 to save the situation, because most likely, the Islamists will be conducting a combined attack, both against the border guards, and against the unit. There is a threat that Dien Bien Phu will be repeated [humiliating defeat of the French army in May of 1954 by the Vietnamese. – Ed.] with the Russians. Our units will be surrounded, and they will have to battle their way out. The number of possible victims is a separate issue.”

The expert’s concerns are not groundless. The situation on July 13, 1993 demonstrated that Russia is not able to send extra help. Unit 12 was destroyed by rocket artillery in half a day, until the remnants of the border guards have broken through to their allies without even air support. Only this time the scale of the defeat could be much more significant.

Of course, the fight against the drug threat is necessary. But maybe, in the first place we should pay more attention to ethnic criminal gangs that control the business without threatening the lives of Russian border guards?


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Radical Islam attacks Central Asia

November 26, 2010 Comments off

The following commentary is reprinted with permission from Russia’s Strategic Culture Foundation.

Radical Islam attacks Central Asia
©  Aleksandr Shustov
Source:  Strategic Culture Foundation
November 26, 2010

Hizb ut-Tahrir and other similar international radical Islamic political organizations have intensified their activities in Central Asia. In Tajikistan several dozens of members of Hizb ut-Tahrir have been arrested. During such arrests police usually finds batches of books, brochures, CDs with the propaganda of radical Islam.

In August, a court in the north of Tajikistan sentenced 10 members of Hizb ut-Tahrir to prison terms from 3 to 15 years. Besides the members of Hizb ut-Tahrir the members of Salafiyyah and Tablighi Jamaat are also prosecuted and last year more than one hundred of supporters of these organizations were convicted.

On November 22, it was reported about the detention of a high ranking envoy of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Kyrgyzstan. During his arrest the police found a standard set of a Hizb ut-Tahrir member: books, journals, brochures and digital media with materials promoting the party’s ideas in Russian, Kyrgyz and Uzbek languages. It was reported that Hizb ut-Tahrir was “occupying Kyrgyzstan” and its goal was to penetrate into the government and to exclude the party from the list of the illegal organizations. Hizb ut-Tahrir is recruiting state officials, businessmen, parliamentarians into its ranks paving the road for the Islamic state.

Working with the population Hizb ut-Tahrir sticks to missionary tactics – they satisfy people’s social and daily wants, collect money to buy food and clothes, allocate interest free mini-loans. By doing all this, the party avoids the ban on its activities in Kyrgyzstan and attracts new supporters showing a fair social model to the population in the state of the future, which is a caliphate. Amid the long-term political crisis in Kyrgyzstan and living standards decline this tactics works successfully.

Different figures were published about the number of active supporters of the radical Islam in Kyrgyzstan. The 2009 report of the U.S. State Department on terrorism states that in 2006-2008 the number of Hizb ut-Tahrir members has increased threefold in Kyrgyzstan reaching 15,000.

According to S. Mikhametrakhimova from the Institute of War and Peace, the number of Hizb ut-Tahrir supporters in Kyrgyzstan reaches 20,000 people. According to the maximum estimations, this autumn the number of Hizb ut-Tahrir’s fellow travelers in Kyrgyzstan has reached 100,000 people.

According to the official data (which are most likely undersized), the national security forces of Kyrgyzstan comprise 1,700 permanent members of the party. If earlier radical Islam activists acted only in the south of the country and worked mainly with the Uzbek population, now Hizb ut-Tahrir is moving to the north promoting its ideas in Russian and Kyrgyz languages.

The intensification of Hizb ut-Tahrir reflects the general trend of Isalmization of the Kyrgyz society. The ideologies of parties Taza Dyn Kharakaty (Pure Islam movement), Akyl-Es-Ruh-Yiman (Wisdom-Spirit-Faith) are very close to Hizb ut-Tahrir’s ideology – they see Kyrgyzstan as part of the Islamic World. Taza Dyn Kharakaty is mainly financed by the Turkish religious organization IBDA-C (İslami Büyükdoğu Akıncılar Cephesi – the Great Eastern Islamic Raiders’ Front). Since the beginning of the year IBDA-C transferred about $1.5 million to Taza Dyn Kharakaty on holding propaganda campaigns, the circulation of informational materials and renting the headquarters in Bishkek.

The involvement of the young people in Kyrgyzstan into radical Islamic movements arouses a serious concern. In the situation of high unemployment rate, low living standards and lack of trust to the authorities they easily join the radical Islam organizations. This trend is typical not only for Kyrgyzstan. After a terrorist attack in Khudzhand and clashes in the Rasht valley with armed units of Islamists among whom were many people who had received religious education abroad, the authorities of Tajikistan launched a campaign on the return of Tajik students from foreign religious educational institutions. In mid November more than 500 students returned home and several days later another 136 students arrived.

However the ban for receiving religious education abroad, the wear of traditional clothes or attempts to limit the influence of mosques and madrassas are unable to bring the trend of islamization of Central Asian society in reverse. The weakness of the authorities and social economic degradation makes the strengthening of radical islamic organizations there inevitable.


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Tajik security services kill two militants of Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan

October 21, 2010 Comments off

The following article is reprinted with permission from Ferghana News Agency.

Tajik security services kill two militants of Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan
Source:  (citing Interfax)
October 21, 2010  18:01

Tajik security services killed two members of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) in northern Tajikistan on Thursday, the National Security Committee said, Interfax reports.

Tajik experts said one of the killed militants was the first woman in the ranks of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.

The operation took place in Childukhatoron, near Isfara, 430 kilometers northeast of Dushanbe, and close to the borders with Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

“The Sogd District department of the National Security Committee traced two members of the terrorist Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan – Mukhtasar Miramonova and Akram Nasimjon both born in Isfara in 1985 – on October 21,” the committee said.

“The aforesaid individuals resisted the police and were killed in a clash,” the committee said.

They were carrying two Kalashnikov submachine guns with five cartridge clips, a Makarov pistol and an F-1 grenade.

Tajikistan’s Security Service blamed the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) for involvement in organizing the explosion at the headquarters of the Khujand Regional Department for Combating Organized Crime on September 3. Three police officers were killed in the blast and 28 others sustained injuries.

Dozens of IMU and Hizb ut-Tahrir activists are arrested in the region each year. The Sogd Region is the Tajik sector of the Ferghana Valley at the junction between Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, where the influence of various extremist organizations is strong.

The Tajik authorities also blames the IMU for organizing previous bombings, including the explosion in Dushanbe in January and June 2005 and near the Emergency Situations Ministry building in 2007. Ten to 15 IMU members are convicted in Tajikistan annually.

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, set up in Afghanistan in 1996, wants all secular governments in Central Asia to be toppled in order to become Islamic states.


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Central Asia becomes a new territory of Jihad

September 30, 2010 Comments off

The following article is reprinted with permission from Kavkaz Center, Caucasus Emirate (mujahideen) news agency.

Central Asia becomes a new territory of Jihad
©  Kavkaz Center
September 30, 2010  14:34 Emirate time

A public lecture entitled “A new arc of instability (the probability and potential destabilization in Central Asia in context of the processes taking place in Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan)” was held on September 28 in the Alma-Ata Institute of Political Decisions.

At this “new intellectual format” from the Club of the Institute of Political Decisions, representatives of the local expert community and media representatives talked to well-known experts on the War against Islam in Central Asia and South Asia, Marlene Laruelle (France) and Alexander Knyazev (Russia).

As the experts formulated, “the new arc of instability” is a probability of situational involvement into a single conflict zone of prolonged actions in Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Disagreeing somewhere in details, Marlene Laruelle and Alexander Knyazev were unanimous in identifying the main trends in today’s Afghanistan. They mentioned increasing intensification of the IEA [Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan] Mujahideen forces and the resistance movement against foreign military presence, a tendency to reduce military presence of the ISAF and the Operation Enduring Freedom, an ongoing lack of strength of Karzai’s puppets, inability to establish a regional ethno-tribal balance in Afghanistan’s political elite of apostates in short to medium time periods.

Marlene Laruelle called the Afghan problem a “deadlock”, stating that the mistake has been made by the very beginning of Western military operations in Afghanistan, as well as in its continuation, but leaving the situation in the present state, according to this fierce enemy of Islam, would be also a mistake.

In the context of the Central Asian perspective, Alexander Knyazev emphasized two important trends: it is a “reincarnation” of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and its revitalization, according to the infidel expert, in the north-eastern provinces (Takhar, Kunduz, Badakhshan, partly in the Baghlan, Samangan, Batgiz, Faryab), and trends towards the resumption of activities of the IMU in Central Asia.

Symptoms of a possibility for the renewed jihad in Tajikistan, Alexander Knyazev says, are a chain of events that began in the spring of the last year, when unrest in the Garm group of districts, Tavildaraand and the Rasht valley reflected the protest of former commanders of the United Tajik Opposition (UTO) against reprisals by the Rahmon government.

In March-April 2010, followed unrest caused by socio-economic reasons in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region which was a counter-reaction to an aggressive policy of Rahmon against survived and non-imprisoned UTO representatives and clergy.

The last few months show a strong conflict dynamics:

·   August 22, 2010; escape of Mujahideen from the prison of Rahmon’s KGB,

·   August 26, 2010; mass riots in Nurek,

·   September 3, 2010; an explosion outside the building of the gang of Organized anti-Crime unit in Khujand; for the first time, with a martyr bomber in the region,

·   September 6 2010; an explosion in the den of vice “Dusti” in Dushanbe,

·   17 September 2010; an attack on Rahmon’s troops in a suburb of Dushanbe,

·   September 18, 2010; clashes with Mujahideen in Faizabad district,

·   September 20, 2010; Mujahideen attacked a military convoy in the Rasht valley.

The situation in Kyrgyzstan is characterized as recurrent. The situation is “aggravated” in favor of the Mujahideen by multidirectional external stimuli (U.S., Russia, China, etc.).

According to Knyazev, if we take into account the strong potential of the IMU, as well as the synthesis of ethnic and religious factors of the Uzbek community in the south, the situation for the infidels “looks almost menacing”.

Meanwhile, according to the Wall Street Journal, the IEA refuted the attempts of the Rahmon’s regime to write off the operations of the Mujahideen of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan on the Afghan Mujahideen.

“The policy of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is not to interfere in neighboring countries. This is Tajikistan’s domestic issue”, the newspaper quoted the IEA spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed who allegedly said that “in an interview”.

The newspaper does not specify what interview it was, as well as where and when it was published.

Department of Monitoring
Kavkaz Center


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Aleksandr Shustov: Tajikistan on the verge of Civil War

September 26, 2010 Comments off

The following commentary is reprinted with permission from Russia’s Strategic Culture Foundation.

Tajikistan on the verge of Civil War
©  Aleksandr Shustov
Source:  Strategic Culture Foundation
September 25, 2010

The security situation in Tajikistan is facing rapid destabilization. On September 19, an unknown group armed with machine guns and grenade launchers ambushed Tajikistan’s defense ministry convoy in the Kamarob Canyon in eastern Tajikistan. The attack left 25 soldiers dead according to the official report, but alternative accounts estimate that the death toll could be as high as 40. Tentatively, the operation against the government forces in the Kamarob Canyon was carried out by the militants led by Mullo Abdullo, the civil war-time field commander who had rejected the 1997 peace accords and fled to Afghanistan with his group. He showed up in Tajikistan’s eastern regions last summer but later dropped out of sight.

Another field commander – Alovuddin Davlatov a.k.a. Ali Bedak – and militants from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Russia are also suspected of having taken part in the attack. The militants from Russia escaped from the Tajik jail run by the republic’s security agency several weeks ago.

Seeking to regain control over the situation, the Tajik government dispatched additional forces and heavy weaponry to the Rasht Valley which – according to unconfirmed reports – was placed under an 8 pm – 6 am curfew. Stationary and cell phone communications as well as Internet access (which, due to the mountainous landscape, is also provided by sell phone companies) were shut down across the region the same day.

The firefight in the Rasht Valley was just one in a series of alarming incidents in Tajikistan. The escalation began with the September 23 jailbreak by a group of 25 convicts including relatives of prominent opposition figures and politicians either arrested by the government or killed under circumstances suggesting the government’s involvement. Seven of the escapees have been recaptured up to date. On September 3, suicide bombers in a car loaded with explosives crashed into an organized crime department station in Khujand killing two policemen an injuring 27 people, two of them – civilians. Responsibility for the terrorist attack was claimed by Jamaat Ansarullah in Tajikistan, a previously unknown Islamic group which stated that at least 50 people had been killed or wounded.

An explosive device was detonated in a Dushanbe nightclub on the night of September 5. Four people – or at least seven people according to unofficial reports – were wounded in the incident. Rumors similarly attributed the terrorist act to Islamists or the mujaheddens at large, and Reuters even backed the hypothesis with a reference to sources in Tajik law-enforcement agencies.

A National Guard sergeant was shot dead in a skirmish during the hunt for the escaped convicts in the Romit Gorge on September 7. On September 10, fighting erupted at the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan where a borderguard and at least 20 militants were killed. Islamists are known to be continuously sneaking into Tajikistan from Afghanistan.

Certain policies of the Tajik government in fact have the effect of re-energizing the armed opposition. The tide of arrests of former United Tajik Opposition commanders and ordinary members combined with the overall harshness of treatment they are exposed to force the people to revert to armed struggle. In a typical case, on September 21 the Tajik law-enforcement agencies launched a raid in the Takoba village. Former field commander Mirzohudzha Akhmadov told that some 30 former militants were working at their potato fields at the place but left for the mountains when the cleansing commenced. Akhmadov warned that the fugitives would likely join the group responsible for the September 19 ambush in the Kamarob canyon unless the government suspends the operation. There is a growing frustration in Tajikistan over the pressure exerted by the government on the increasingly popular Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan. Its deputy leader Mahmadali Hayit was arrested recently on charges of propaganda of Salafism, a doctrine outlawed in Tajikistan. Well-known politician and theologian Akbar Turajonzoda who used to be a United Tajik Opposition leader and served as vice prime minister and senator after the 1997 peace deal is confronted with an aggressive information campaign. Attempts are made to implicate Turajonzoda in the notorious Dushanbe jailbreak.

Last month’s frequent fighting in Tajikistan may altogether be a prologue to a new civil war in the republic. Despite the residual illusion of stability, collapse can follow any moment, especially if veterans of the United Tajik Opposition and Afghan Talibs – the groups with exceptional skills in guerrilla warfare – choose to openly enter the stage. It is noteworthy that General Ghaffor Mirzoev who is currently serving a lengthy jail term and Colonel Mahmud Hudoiberdyev who – despite the reports of his death – is widely believed to be hiding in Uzbekistan enjoy a legendary status among a part of Tajikistan’s population.


See also: Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) claims responsibility for attack on Tajikistan army convoy, Inteltrends, 23 Sep 2010.

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Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) claims responsibility for attack on Tajikistan army convoy

September 23, 2010 Comments off

September 23, 2010

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) has claimed responsibility for attacking a Tajikistan army convoy on September 19, according to news agency Asia Plus citing Radio Liberty’s Tajik Service.

The convoy, which consisted of 75 soldiers on patrol in the mountainous Kamarob Gorge, was ambushed by mujahideen forces resulting in 40 military deaths, reports the Hindustan Times. IMU spokesman Abdufattoh Ahmadi, reported one mujahideen death during the operation.

Ahmadi said the attack was in retaliation for government policy that “shut down a thousand of mosques in the country, arrests Muslims without any reason and prohibits women from wearing Muslim clothes,” writes Asia Plus. Unless government policy is changed the attacks by IMU will continue. Displeasure over government cooperation with American and NATO forces was also cited.

Inteltrends analysis

IMU fighters assist mujahideen in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere in Central Asia. The scope and success of the recent operation in Tajikistan, however, may be a prelude to greater involvement by IMU in regional conflicts between governments and fundamentalist Islamist forces. Central Asia is key to implementing the envisioned Islamic Caliphate, stretching from North Africa to Indonesia via the Middle East and Caucasus, Central Asia, East Turkestan (China’s Xingiang Province), parts of Thailand, Malaysia and south Philippines. Mujahideen movements are increasingly sharing tactics and personnel in furtherance of this objective.

The IMU’s renewed aggressiveness may be attributed to its new leadership. Usman Adil was recently acknowledged as Emir although his appointment may have occurred last year. He replaces Mokhammed Tokhir “Foruk” (a.k.a. Takhir Yuldashev) who was killed by an American missile strike on August 27, 2009.

IMU is establishing itself as a major player in Central Asian conflicts.


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Tajiks Stopped From Traveling To Iran, Pakistan For Religious Courses

September 8, 2010 Comments off

The following commentary is reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington D.C. 20036.

Tajiks Stopped From Traveling To Iran, Pakistan For Religious Courses
By Farangis Najibullah
September 8, 2010

Dozens of Tajik students, professors, and scholars were taken off a Tehran-bound plane at Dushanbe’s airport as they were traveling to Iran on various religious education programs, officials in Dushanbe have said.

Officials removed the group from the plane on September 4, but did not publicly comment on the issue until today.

Education Ministry officials said the authorities had acted because they did not have enough information about the aim of the trip to Iran.

Rajabali Sangov, head of the ministry’s department of international relations, told RFE/RL’s Tajik Service that the ministry received a vague letter from the Iranian Embassy in Dushanbe informing them that 71 Tajik students and professors, among others, were traveling to Iran to undergo short-term educational courses.

He said the letter came only the day before the group was planning to get on a flight to Tehran. Sangov said the ministry found out that none of the group had official permission from the relevant authorities to leave their studies or jobs to go abroad.

“If they were indeed going with educational programs, why didn’t they inform the Education Ministry about their plans?” Sangov asked.

“After all, the ministry is in charge of educational matters and projects in Tajikistan. Besides, most of them are students and teachers and they were going away at the beginning of the academic year,” he added.

“They should have informed education officials that they were going to be absent for some time. They were to spend one month in Iran, and we don’t know what exactly they would study there.”

‘Bring Them Home’

It’s not the first time Tajik officials have stopped students from traveling abroad to study at foreign religious schools.

Late last month, the ministry canceled its earlier decision to send 10 Tajik students to Pakistani madrasahs, citing “technical” reasons and a “lack of clarity” in their learning programs.

The moves came days after President Emomali Rahmon urged parents to remove their children from foreign madrasahs.

During a trip to southern Khatlon province shortly before the new academic year started, Rahmon said foreign madrasah graduates could pose security threats to the country.

“We have opened our own religious university, and we prepare our mullahs right here,” Rahmon said, and implored parents to bring any of their children studying abroad home, “otherwise the majority of them would turn into extremists and terrorists in five, 10 years time.”

“They don’t only study religion there,” the president said. “They will come back and create problems for the nation and government.”

Religious Renaissance

People in the predominantly Muslim country have attained considerable religious freedom since the collapse of communism nearly two decades ago.

Tens of thousands of mosques have been built, thousands of Muslims have been given an opportunity to perform the hajj pilgrimage each year, and major celebrations in the Islamic calendar have been approved by the government as public holidays.

At least 20 official Islamic madrasahs and an Islamic university operate in the country. In addition, hundreds more students attend religious schools in countries like Iran, Pakistan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.

However, Rahmon’s secular government has come under criticism in recent years for restricting Islamic practices.

Security and law enforcement agencies have conducted raids on mosques and private houses to prevent mullahs from running unsanctioned religious classes. Officials have outlawed the Islamic head scarf, or hijab, in schools and public offices.

And this week, Tajikistan’s Council of Islamic Ulema, a pro-government independent religious body, urged imams not to call children and students for prayers in mosques.

The council insists its only aim is not to harm school attendance, as some prayers take place during school hours. Yet the call has outraged some imams, who say the authorities are unhappy with the steadily increasing number of children turning up for mosque prayers.

Importing Extremism?

The authorities have repeatedly highlighted the threat of extremism and terrorism posed by graduates of foreign religious schools, notably by those who attend unofficial madrasahs.

Authorities say officially 2,000 Tajiks are studying at foreign madrasahs through educational grants and quotas, and intergovernmental agreements.

But regional media estimate that several thousand more students have been sent privately to foreign religious schools. An estimated 4,000 Tajiks reportedly study in Pakistani madrasahs alone.

Tajikistan’s embassy in Islamabad has repeatedly expressed its concern that some of the students have ended up in underground schools run by extremist groups.

Tajikistan has banned a number of religious groups, including the Salafi movement, which the government claims is being run by foreign madrasah graduates with radical ideas.

Many such graduates, however, insist the authorities’ fears are baseless.

Dushanbe resident Said Muhammad Ghozi says he studied in a madrasah in Pakistan along with his four brothers in the 1990s. Now his sons and several of his nephews study at the same religious school.

“We didn’t study anything remotely radical there,” Ghozi said. “Our educational program solely focused on Islam and also on computer studies.”

Many others in Tajikistan, however, share the government’s concerns.

Abdullo Rahnamo, a Dushanbe-based analyst of religious and social issues, says that unfortunately, there have been real security threats posed by graduates of foreign schools, particularly those who attend underground schools, and promote the ideas of different religious sects upon their return.


RFE/RL’s Tajik Service contributed to this report.

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