Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mastermind of evil terror regime Islamic State revealed as Saddam Hussein's spy chief

A FORMER spy chief who served under Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been uncovered as the mastermind of Islamic State’s (IS) reign of terror.

A newly-unearthed "blueprint" for the jihadi group’s murderous campaign has revealed how surveillance and espionage as well as kidnap and murder were all employed in a bid to gain control of Syria and Iraq.

Among the handwritten scrawls by ‘Lord of the Shadows’ Samir Abd Muhammad al-Khlifawi is a plot to infiltrate and intimidate families and communities across the region.

Dushanbe mayor for banning ‘foreign’ black clothing for women

Dushanbe authorities plan to toughen measures against import and sale of female black clothing “that is alien to Tajik culture and traditions.”

Speaking at an enlarged meeting of the mayor’s office, Dushanbe Mayor Mahmadsaid Ubaidulloyev yesterday ordered senior representatives of the Agency on Standardization, Metrology, Certification and Trade Inspection (Tajikstandart)’s office in Dushanbe to take adequate measures to prevent import and sale of female clothing alien to Tajik culture and traditions.

The mayor ordered to remove such clothing from all Dushanbe’s shops.

Interagency Team Travels to Central Asia for Afghanistan Consultations

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 20, 2015

Recognizing the important contributions of the five Central Asian republics to broader regional stability, an interagency team will visit Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan for bilateral consultations on Afghanistan, April 20–24. This group, led by State Department officials including Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Daniel Rosenblum and Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Laurel Miller, will discuss the enduring U.S. commitment to the region as well as recent developments in Afghanistan with government officials in each of the capitals.

New fighter joins Kazakh Air Force

A Sukoi Su-30 of the Russian Air Force.
Photo by Sergey Krivchikov.
The Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan has announced the receipt of a new fighter jet from a Russian manufacturer.

An undisclosed number of Sukoi Su-30SM fighter jets have been delivered to the Air Force of Kazakhstan by the Irkut Corporation, part of the Sukoi group.
The Su-30SM, a multi-role fighter designated as Flanker C by NATO, is a twin-engine, two-seat aircraft with a maximum speed of 1,320 miles per hour, a ceiling of 56,800 feet and a range of 1,620 miles.

Air Force Maj. Gen. Nurlan Ormanbetov, head of the country's air force, was quoted as saying that the receipt of the aircraft "significantly increases" protection of the country's borders.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Unraveling Uzbekistan: Travels on the Silk Road

Last updated 05:00, April 20 2015

It has cities that were as well known as Paris and London, and was once home to one of the world's largest lakes. Yet the reaction when I told people I was spending three weeks in Uzbekistan was met almost universally with a furrowed brow and exclamations of puzzlement.

It's not as if it's hard to find on a map. Sandwiched between Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, and just a little up from Afghanistan, Uzbekistan is a landlocked country that was once a key trading hub for spices and jewels from the orient.

The Insurance Industry in Uzbekistan, Key Trends and Opportunities to 2018

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Turkmenistan authorities ban satellite dishes

Turkmenistan authorities have started a new campaign of demolishing satellite dishes, aiming at fully blocking independent access to international TV and radio.

The government of Turkmenistan has taken a decision to liquidate all privately owned TV and radio satellite dishes in the country, demanding all of them to be demolished, be they on apartment buildings or private houses, and fully prohibit their use. This information has come from governmental sources.

This decision is aimed at fully blocking access of the population of Turkmenistan to hundreds of independent international media outlets which are currently accessible in the country only through satellite dishes, including all leading international news channels in different languages.
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