Central Asia: October 1, 2004


Uzbekistan continues to search, with little success, for Hizb-ut-Tahrir members. The Hizb-ut-Tahrir, which has offices in Europe, is an Islamic radical organization that denies any association with al Qaeda. But Uzbekistan insists that captured terrorists admitted that they received training in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The governments of Central Asia are dictatorships, with strong secret police and intelligence organizations. The Islamic radicals are there, but have not  been able to get much traction because, with the exception of some Islamic radical groups in Pakistan, there is no external source of support. There's not a lot of support inside the country either, even though a majority of the population is unhappy with the government. 


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