Security

Uzbekistani law enforcement officers receive special training from FBI

The one-week course focused on developing skills 'needed to locate and collect evidence, reconstruct a device and leverage international co-operation' in post-blast investigations.

Kazakhstan sets mobile phone registration deadline for end of year

Every citizen in Kazakhstan is required to provide his or her personal data to mobile phone carriers by December 31.

Burgeoning Russia-Iran alliance inflames sectarian tensions across Muslim world

The Kremlin is backing Tehran's sectarian agenda in an attempt to claw its way back into relevancy in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Central Asia and beyond.

Kazakhstan begins distancing itself from Russia amid growing concerns

Astana is seeing a potential threat from the Kremlin to its territorial integrity and is betting on more reliable partners in the West, Kazakhstani observers say.

Kazakhstan begins distancing itself from Russia amid growing concerns

Astana is seeing a potential threat from the Kremlin to its territorial integrity and is betting on more reliable partners in the West, Kazakhstani observers say.

Chemical inspectors enter Syria attack site with eyes peeled for tampering

Russia prevented access to inspectors for a full two weeks, but specialists say they will be able to identify any use of chemical weapons or any tampering with evidence.

Fears of tampering soar after Russia delays chemical inspectors in Syria

The Kremlin cited 'security concerns' for the continued delay, despite the fact the Syrian government organised a tour of the town where the attack took place for the foreign press.

Russia stews in isolation as international community backs strikes on Syria

The near unanimous international support for the strikes carried out on the Syrian regime for its continued use of chemical weapons has left the Kremlin further isolated and discredited.

Uzbek intelligence agency reforms bring oversight, new direction

The once infamous National Security Service (SNB) has changed its name and implemented oversight and other reforms in order to tackle rising security threats and abuse of power.

Death of Uzbek 'Islamic State' leader sparks infighting in Afghanistan

The replacement of Qari Hikmatullah with another Uzbek suggests the group is having difficulty replacing its leaders and is being forced to depend on foreign fighters with fluctuating loyalties.

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