Thursday, October 23, 2014

Under The Black Flag

Tracking Islamic State

A video grab purportedly shows an IS militant displaying the contents of a crate of grenades reportedly intended for Kurdish militias but which fell into the hands of Islamic State militants near the town of Kobani.

Russia Snipes At U.S. After IS Reportedly Intercepts Air Drop

Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin took the opportunity to criticize the United States on October 22, following reports that a U.S. air drop of ammunition and weapons intended for Kurdish militias in Kobani had fallen into the hands of Islamic State (IS) group militants. More


Abuses Uncovered

Dilorom Abdukadirova

Uzbekistan Urged To Free 'Prisoner Of Conscience'

Amnesty International says nearly 200,000 people have signed a petition calling on Uzbek President Islam Karimov to immediately release a woman it calls a “prisoner of conscience.” More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE Daniel Baer (file photo)

OSCE And U.S. Policy Toward Turkmenistan On The Eve Of Afghan Drawdown

International human rights groups and media freedom organizations perennially list Turkmenistan as having one of most abusive regimes in the world. That should make Turkmenistan an unlikely party to be a member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), but it is a member, though the country's participation is difficult to see sometimes. More

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