Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) / Idolat

The IMU grew out of a group called Adolat (an Uzbek word meaning justice). When small and medium-sized businesses started to develop in the Soviet Union (around 1989-90), racketeers demanded protection money from business owners. In early 1992 the government of Uzbekistan banned and cracked down on the group and a number of members fled to Tajikistan. In 1998 they declared a jihad against the governments of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, their ultimate goal being to overthrow the government and establish an Islamic state in the Fergana Valley. The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan is a militant Islamist group formed in 1991 in Kandahar, Afghanistan for the purpose of removing Uzbek government in order to establish an Islamic state. It  extended its objective to establish an Islamic caliphate in Turkistan as well. In the early 2000s, it evolved into The Islamic Jihad Union (IJU. See separate entry).  Since the beginning of Operation…

Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) / Idolat, also known as Islamic Party of Uzbekistan, Islamskaia partiia Turkestana, byvshee Islamskoe dvizhenie Uzbekistana, Islamic Movement of Turkistan, Idolat is an active group formed c. 1991.
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