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A new “Arab Spring” in Central Asia

A new “Arab Spring” in Central Asia

After the notorious special forces chief Gulmurod Khalimov having joined ISIS (this organisation is recognised as being terrorist by Russia), another shocking news broke in the Central Asia. The imam of Kara-Su mosque in Osh district of Kyrgyzstan Rashid Kamalov was training a terrorist group to topple the government.

Rashid Kamalov was detained in February on suspicion of recruiting believers to fight in Syria and Iraq with the radical organisation ISIS. Yet, he was found to train extremists and suicide bombers who were supposed to undertake assassination of high-ranking Kyrgyz politicians. The fighters went through military instruction under Kamalov’s command in Turkey and UAE. Presumably, the radicals’ potential might be used in Kyrgyzstan. This proves that the ISIS group is a tool for making an uprising in Central Asia similar to the so called “Arab Spring”.

The question is: who needs this? The answer is not that obvious. The US strategic objective is to create a source of unrest on the Russian border. Washington aims at separating Central Asian republics from Russia so that to run conduct pipes to China smoothly. This is why a power grab is considered even in such a criminal country as Kyrgyzstan. It is worth noting that the recruiters from the Kara-Su mosque were trying to find adepts across all the Central Asian countries.

A new “Arab Spring” in Central Asia

According to the data from the Syrian government, there are about 7000 contractors from Central Asia in ISIS. This is sufficient to generate tension in all the countries of this region. Central Asians are not satisfied with authoritarian regimes in their home countries and this cannot but make them potentially join military groups. It is not surprising that Kyrgyzstan has served as a platform for starting upheaval in the region.

The US focused on Turkmenistan. Washington wants to redirect Turkmenia gas in several directions: from Russia to Turkey and from China to Pakistan. This is in accordance with the TAPI project (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India).
“The Central Asian spring” is likely to be realised in two directions. The radicals from ISIS in Afghanistan are preparing military advance through Ferganskaya dolina and Kyrgyzstan. A new vector through Turkmenistan has been actively developed since last autumn.

A new “Arab Spring” in Central Asia

Energy wars led to quite a complicated situation in the Central Asian countries and Afghanistan. The US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are involved in this confrontation. They support “Taliban” movement financially and make up new radical groups. For example, Turkmenia Talibs managed to take the area along Afghanistan-Turkmenistan border under their control. TAPI gas pipe line construction was supposed to be there. Moreover, they aim at settling down in Serahsi and Muravskiy oases of Turkmenistan where the gas fields are located. They are a raw materials source of the TAPI gas pipe line.

Interestingly enough, ISIS concentrated on Afghanistan-Turkmenistan border in Afghanistan. The Takfiris are clearing the border area so that they are able to break through in the future. They also actively recruit people to join their organisation. ISIS ideologists work not only in Afghanistan among the Talibs, but also in the Central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union. With regard to this, Kara-Su mosque imam’s activities demonstrate that Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar are eager to consolidate on the territory of Kyrgyzstan. Traditionally, the US tries to make the interests of the regional powers collide. ISIS serves as a tool to engineer an anti-Russian coup. So, the following question arises: is it a coincidence that Kyrgystan law enforcement authorities arrested the American journalist Umar Farooq who was gathering information about a religious and ethnic situation of the region in the Kara-Su region where the notorious mosque is situated?