The terrorist threat against Central Asia is real and not in dispute. Groups like the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and its offshoot the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU) have demonstrated the capability to conduct small-scale operations inside Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, and as the US
Registan’s Tajikistan News & Analysis Archive
Following independence, Tajikistan fell into a civil war that lasted until 1997, when an agreement was signed in which President Emomali Rahmon promised a share of government positions to the United Tajik Opposition. The war devastated Tajikistan, killing between 50,000 and 100,000 Tajiks and displacing over one million people. The war has had a deep and lasting legacy on Tajikistan. On the one hand, it is the only country with a legally operating Islamic political party. On the other, President Rahmon has steadily consolidated power, pushing his civil war opponents to the political sidelines and putting Islam under much tighter government control.
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