Family Jihad: Kazakhstani Foreign Fighters in Syria

 Video: January 2015 Islamic State Releases Video featuring a Kazah Child executing two Russian Spies one of the Russian spies also admitted that he was from Kazakhstan.Image: Screen shot from 2013 Islamic State propaganda video featuring Asian foreign fightersin an Islamic State compound.Kazakhstani militants in Syria have grown to 150. Together with wives and children the Kazakhstani presence is around 300. For a country of 17 million inhabitants, for whom terrorism until 2011 was rather an exotic phenomenon, this is a significant challenge. However, Syria is not the first hot spot when Kazakhstani militants have taken part.Kazakh participation in terrorist organizations abroadIn 2002, after the military defeat of  the Taliban, four Kazakhstani citizens were sent to jail in Guantanamo, where they were incarcerated in 2007-8.[1]In 2004, two Kazakh, belonging to the Jammaat of Modzhahideen of Central Asia, detonated themselves in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.In 2009 a citizen of…

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Tatayna Dronzina

Tatyana Dronzina, PhD, is a full professor at the Department of Political Science of St Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia (Bulgaria) and guest professor at Carlos III University (Madrid) and...