Central Asia Program Series CERIA Briefs Publications

Research Note: Uzbek Online Recruiting to the Syrian Conflict

CERIA Brief No. 3, November 2014

By Noah Tucker

Uzbek jihadists in Syria take advantage of low-cost digital media tools to pro-mote intense and successful operations in a way those fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan never could.

Uzbek jihadist groups in Syria present themselves on the front line of the global resistance to “anti-Muslim oppression”: it is no surprise that these arguments appear to be more compelling to disenfranchised Central Asians already expe-riencing everyday discrimination as migrant laborers in Russia or even in Tur-key.

The IMU’s narrow focus on Pakistani internal politics and operations in Paki-stan fails to resonate with a large Uzbek audience online.

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