The New Great Game Round Up-May 19, 2013

A Setback for Doku Umarov’s Caucasus Emirate, the Saudi interest in Kyrgyzstan, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan=the Rising Star of Militant Islamist Groups & More! Doku Umarov’s Caucasus Emirate suffered a setback this week [emphasis mine]:   Terrorist ‘military emir’ killed in Russia’s North Caucasus A key militant leader, described as the right-hand man of […]

Central Asia Militants: A Rhetorical Question of Funding & Sponsors

Central Asian Militants, Pan-Turkic Aims & Mysterious Financiers I just finished reading an interesting article at Asia Times on the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), which is characterized by some as Central Asia’s most aggressive militant group. The main focus of the article is placed on the status, recent expansion and transformation of IMU: The […]