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Arrest Of Uzbek 'Extremist' Highlights Terror Tangles

Though the war on terror has rapidly established itself as a leitmotif of the early 21st century, it has been accompanied, and sometimes even drowned out, by a cacophonous debate over how the war should be waged. The recent arrest of an alleged Uzbek extremist in Moscow, and the likelihood of his subsequent extradition to Uzbekistan, underscores the ambiguities that dog the war’s murky Central Asian battleground. Russian security forces arrested Yusup Kasimakhunov in Moscow on 13 February, RBK reported on 16 February. According to Uzbekistan’s National Security Service (SNB), Kasimakhunov is one of the leaders of the banned Islamist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir. Uzbekistan put out an international warrant for Kasimakhunov’s arrest on terrorism charges in February 2000. An SNB spokesman told RIA Novosti, “We have reason to believe that…Kasimakhunov, who has been a member of ‘at-Tahrir’ since 1993 and is active internationally, has become one of the leaders of this extremist religious organization.” According to the press service of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), Kasimakhunov was born in 1966 and holds Uzbek citizenship. Full Story

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