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On the myths and realities of the threat of extremism in Central Asia

In early May this year the website published an article under the awesome title "The slaughter is approaching in Asia:

5,000 ISIS fighters are already in Uzbekistan", which provides an allegedly "authentic" copy of the letter of Deputy Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan A. Abduvakhitov to the US Embassy in Uzbekistan.

The document states "the penetration of terrorist groups from Syria and Iraq into Uzbekistan" due to active opposition to their penetration into Central Asian countries by special services of Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan." In support of this, there are groundless insinuations about allegedly "5 thousand insurgents on the territory of the Surkhandarya region and an increase in the crime situation in the region bordering Afghanistan".

Actually written it says that in Uzbekistan, the most "vulnerable" state of Central Asia is about to begin a bloodbath with all the ensuing consequences. Against this background, the only chance to "save the image of the leadership of Uzbekistan and preserve stability in the region" is "to clarify at the highest level the parameters of interaction between special services and law enforcement agencies of the United States and Uzbekistan on issues of joint counteraction to international terrorism."

This publication was undoubtedly picked up by some "authoritative" Internet resources, which began to draw an awesome picture of the future of Uzbekistan with conclusions such as "the power structures of the republic are not capable of independently ensuring the country's security from terrorist activity", "the creation of a radical Islamic caliphate with broad possibilities of war ", etc.

As you know, myths are more convenient than facts, because "reality has boundaries, but imagination is unlimited."
And what if you look at this "badly concocted" falsification with another, sensible and, if you want, more factually grounded party!?

Then, it is quite obvious that this publication is nothing more than a "fake", "forgery", which did not bring its expected benefits to its beneficiaries. As it is said in such cases, "What was presented as a ruble turned out to be a penny."

And such a reaction is quite logical, since those aware of the specifics of Uzbekistan, which has the strongest army in Central Asia and competent intelligence agencies, will never believe that the border of this republic can let at least one armed militant into its territory (which never happened in the past 28 years). The made conclusions seem all the more strange in the light of the results shown by the Uzbek security forces at the last army games in Russia in 2017, when, as a result of the competitions, they (in contrast to their neighbors in the region) entered the top ten.

Moreover, the "Uzbek appeal" was so ineptly fabricated that even the average reader did not believe in the authenticity of its content, let alone professional diplomats and high-level experts. Against this background, there is no surprise that there is no reaction from the foreign policy department of Uzbekistan and the diplomatic missions of foreign countries in Tashkent.
In the end, reflections on such opuses make one wonder what purpose was pursued by their authors? Obviously, the "ideological inspirers" of this work want to see everywhere and everywhere conflicts, fratricidal wars, forcing "mass psychosis" and inventing problems where they have never been and never will be.

Instead of conclusion ... Comments on this kind of fakes are tedious and not worth the time and effort. But, on the other hand, I want to believe that the above arguments will have a sensible effect on the instigators of false ideas and conjectures, returning their consciousness to the reality that really exists today in Uzbekistan.

Independent political scientist
Said Kahharov
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