Up to 4000 residents of Central Asian states fighting on IS side
Almaty. January 22. KazTAG- From 2000 to 4000 citizens of Central Asian states are fighting on the side of the "Islamic State" or support the organization, reports the international organization The International Crisis Group (IGC).
"The fallout from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq is a major security concern for Central Asian governments. Between 2,000 and 4,000 of their citizens have left for IS-held territory to fight or otherwise support the Islamic State cause," reads the report.
The report entitled "Syria calling: Radicalization in Central Asia" indicates that cells on fighters conscription operate in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan despite the efforts of the law enforcement bodies
"Central Asian officials, Russian and Western diplomats and regional experts all expect the Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan security services to take a zero-tolerance approach to returning fighters. Islamic State supporters seeking to return to Central Asia and avoid a tough homecoming would likely choose to go to Kyrgyzstan, thus putting it at greater risk," reads the report.