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Uzbekistan Says Arabs Trained Suspects

Some of the suspects allegedly involved in a wave of suicide bombings and attacks on police in Uzbekistan last week received military training from Arab instructors who also taught al Qaeda fighters, the country’s top prosecutor said Friday. Prosecutor General Rashid Kadyrov, who also said the suspects were linked to two Uzbek extremist groups, did not offer any evidence or take questions from reporters at a news briefing. The Uzbek government, under fire from human rights groups for oppressive policies and crackdowns on Muslims who worship outside state-affiliated mosques, has been keen to defend its policies, portraying itself as the latest victim of global terrorism. At least 47 people, including 33 alleged terrorists and 10 police officers, died during four days of violence, the first unrest here since Uzbekistan became a key U.S. ally in the war on terrorism and allowed hundreds of American troops to use a southern military base. Full Story

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