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 experiencing everyday discrimination as migrant laborers in Russia or even in Turkey.
The IMU’s narrow focus on Pakistani internal politics and operations in Pakistan fails to resonate with a large Uzbek audience online.