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Uzbeks Stop Working With U.S. Against Terrorism

After cutting off U.S. access to a key military base, Uzbekistan has also quietly terminated cooperation with Washington on counterterrorism, a move that could affect both countries’ ability to deal with al Qaeda and its allies in Central Asia and neighboring Afghanistan, U.S. officials said. The government of President Islam Karimov, one of the most authoritarian to emerge from the collapse of the Soviet Union, has made a broader strategic decision to move away from the 2002 agreement made with President Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and is cooling relations with Europe as well, the officials said. Full Story

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