Ex-Soviet Central Asia raises alarm over IS recruitment

A general view taken on April 5, 2015 shows a defaced Islamic State group flag in front of the main gate of the palace of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in Tikrit after Iraqi forces retook the northern city from Islamist jihadistsFarrukh Sharifov, a 25-year-old Tajik who repented after joining the Islamic State group in Syria, spoke softly as he addressed a room full of journalists and police in his Central Asian homeland. "Hundreds and hundreds of young men from the countries of Central Asia go to war in Syria," Sharifov warned at a press conference last week called by Tajikistan's authoritarian government. Ex-Soviet Tajikistan, where remittances from migrants working in Russia account for around half of economic output, is the poorest of five former communist republics in Central Asia.


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