The push against the terrorist group in Syria is expected to drive the final nail into the coffin of the group's dreams of establishing statehood.
The reported involvement of 300,000 troops in the drills is a stark reminder for Central Asians of Russia's recent invasions of neighbouring countries, including Ukraine and Georgia.
New reforms and resolutions aim to enhance the level of professionalism among police officers, enabling them to improve public relations.
Kazakhstan's UN peacekeeping battalion -- recently made into a regiment -- has been serving since 2000.
The jihadist leader warned his deputies -- one of whom was killed days later -- of an approaching rebellion by group members.
The Kazakh government is looking for police reforms to emulate. Georgia might serve as an example.
Newly manufactured weapons from Russia, including sniper rifles and explosives, keep finding their way into the hands of the Afghan Taliban.
Russia's presence on Georgian and Ukrainian territory is fueling growing concerns in Central Asia about Kremlin interference.
Increased monitoring of areas and roads near summer resorts will help attract more foreign tourists, observers say.
The training brought specialists from Israel to teach Kazakh law enforcement conflict management and negotiation skills.