28 Jun '14, 3pm

Small Wars Journal: The IMU Ascendant: How Uzbek Autocracy Empowers Terrorist Entrepreneurs: By: Luke Lischin...

If the IMU is willing to shelve its more global jihadist aspirations, increase the volume of its anti-Karimov rhetoric, and seize opportunities in Uzbekistan, the group can build a strong coalition through various means. While the specifics of the IMU’s ideology may be off-putting to some potential allies, the unique capabilities of the organization could easily overshadow ideational differences. Most obviously, the IMU represents the single most coherent sub-state threat to Uzbekistan’s monopoly on force, and can offer elites the “muscle” they need to ensure the security of their polities. Without question, IMU fighters are no match for Uzbekistan’s conventional forces in the context of an open confrontation, but that is not where these forces excel. Trained by veteran Taliban commanders and tested by years of conflict with ISAF, IMU guerillas are not rank amateurs. So lo...

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/the-imu-ascendant-ho...

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Evolution of the Immortals: The Future of Irani...

smallwarsjournal.com 29 Jun '14, 8am

Since 1979, Iran has faced embargos and economic sanctions from the United States and the west as a whole that have had si...