Friday, August 25, 2006

Lebanon War Moves to Central Asia

Registan has a post about Israel's relations with the ex-Soviet Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan, noting an RFE/RL report which describes how the Uzbek government has stripped an Uzbek-Israeli joint venture of its exclusive rights to process a strategic metal and has assumed a direct supervisory role over its export contracts.

Meanwhile, AIA presents an in-depth analysis of the rapidly-developing political and military process now underway in Central Asia, involving the transfer of traditional Sunni Islamist loyalties to Shiite Islamic militarism, as Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah becomes a hero not only in the Arab world, but also in the world of Central Asian fundamentalist Islam.
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