Kofamikhon, Tajikistan. © Christopher Swift 2012

Turajonzoda Reflects on the IMU’s Origins

Kofamikhon, Tajikistan — Today I conducted a lengthy interview with Akhbar Turajonzoda, the former Qazi Qalon and Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan. Turajonzoda served as deputy commander of the United Tajik Opposition (UTO), a coalition of democratic and Islamist parties allied against President Rahmon’s post-Soviet regime. Turanjonzoda offered several interesting insights regarding the origins of…

Kofamikhon, Tajiistan. © Christopher Swift 2012

Al-Qaeda and the IMU

Dushanbe, Tajikistan —  This evening I met with a prominent Tajik researcher specializing in regional security. This source confirmed that al-Qaeda has partnered with Central Asian militants, integrating both Tajik and Uzbek militants into its shura council. He also noted that recruitment by the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) accellerated following the violence in Osh, Kyrgyzstan…

Fieldwork in Central Asia

Washington, DC – During the next two weeks I will be traveling through Central Asia to examine how indigenous terrorist groups interact with al-Qaeda and the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan and Pakistan. My route will take me from southern Tajikistan, through the restive Fergana Valley, and then on to Northern Kyrgyzstan. I hope you will…