Interesting, but Take With A Grain of Salt

by Nathan Hamm on 7/28/2004

The first day of the trial of the Tashkent bombers brought interesting revelations, but one I have a very hard time believing.

They claim that the terrorist acts in Tashkent and Bukhara were ordered by Taliban ex-leader Mullah Omar and that would-be terrorists were trained in Kazakhstan.

Kazakstan is reportedly furious. As with most high-profile trials in Uzbekistan, the defendants of course admitted their guilt, which typically means they were tortured or otherwise abused. And that, probably, means that the defendants are saying whatever they’re told. So, Kazakstan probably has good reason to be a little upset at the accusation (though they certainly could be wrong about a lack of training camps on their soil).

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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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