Saturday, June 6, 2009

What Happens When You 'Fumigate' Only One Apartment In A Building? Ask Uzbekistan... The Next Apartment Over - Thomas P.M. Barnett

Update on one of the other "next door neighbors":
H/t: Gates Of Hell

Dagestan interior minister assassinated

By joshuah at 6 June, 2009, 3:57 am

Dagestan Interior Minister Adilgerei Magomedtagirov was assassinated by a sniper, a source at the republic’s law-enforcement bodies told Itar-Tass.

"At around 13:00, Moscow time, the minister together with Colonel Abdulzhapar Magomedov, director of the Interior Ministry’s tax crimes department, were standing near the Marakesh banquet hall, where the marriage of the Colonel’s daughter was to take place," the officer said.

A preliminary report said an unidentified man opened fire at the minister and the people around him from an apartment of a nine-storey house nearby.

Five people were rushed to the republic’s orthopedic-traumatological center.

"The minister was wounded in the heart and died without regaining consciousness. The other wounded people, including Col Magomedov, have been operated upon. They are in very serious condition," chief doctor at the orthopedic-traumatological center Magomed Omarov told Tass.

At present, police have launched an operation to apprehend the attackers.

Adilgerei Magomedtagirov was born on November 1, 1956. He has been Dagestan’s Interior Minister since May 1998.

Source/Full Story: ITAR-TASS

Uzbekistan: the next apartment over

ARTICLE: Militant attacks strike eastern Uzbekistan, Jane's, 03 June 2009
When you indulge in your opponents' desire for a "central front," you do the region a favor by drawing in a lot of violent extremists. But when you spray that apartment, in hopes of killing and/or driving off the cockroaches, then the next apartments over are forced to

deal with the flow (up to now, Pakistan, but here, Uzbekistan too).

Posted by Thomas P.M. Barnett on June 6, 2009 7:44 AM

Militant attacks strike eastern Uzbekistan

03 June 2009

On 26 May, the Uzbek government reported the most serious militant attacks to strike the country for several years when a suicide bomber and gunmen launched separate attacks in nearby towns in the Ferghana Valley region of the country.

Details of the attacks from the highly secretive country remain limited and often contradictory. However, responsibility for at least one of the attacks has been claimed by the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), an offshoot of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), whose previous activity has largely been confined to Afghanistan and the tribal areas of northwest Pakistan.

The attacks serve to highlight the risk of further violence in Uzbekistan's eastern region, where a mixture of government repression, widespread poverty and high unemployment has created a potent undercurrent of unrest. The subsequent claims of responsibility by the IJU will likewise raise concerns in Central Asia about the ¡involvement of organised militant groups capable of harnessing this discontent, and potentially applying expertise gained in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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