Two ex-convicts spoke to Caravanserai about the lives they are building after the colossal mistakes they made joining the 'Islamic State' and Hizb ut-Tahrir.
Uzbek news reports recounting the arrests of members of HT have become more common in recent months, as have references to Makhmudjon Kholdarov, the ideological leader of HT.
'Justice has been delivered and this terrorist leader is no more,' US President Joe Biden said, after an operation that was planned for months.
Kurdish authorities in Syria have called on countries to repatriate their citizens. But many have delayed, fearing domestic political backlash.
The arrests of at least 250 suspects so far this year are concerning given that Uzbek authorities made 400 extremism-related arrests during all of last year.
IS has been attempting to broaden its appeal to citizens of Central Asia in recent months by creating content in the regional languages, including Uzbek, Tajik and Kyrgyz.
From 2019, the men were in contact with a leading 'Islamic State' member in Afghanistan who transmitted to them radical militant ideology.
In addition to Russian shelling destroying historical buildings in Ukraine, invading troops have begun to carry away objects of local and national importance from occupied territories.
If true, the shelling would represent the first such attack on a Central Asian state by the Afghan-based group.
The al-Qaeda-linked extremist alliance was caught off guard by last week's US and Kurdish raid on top IS leader in an area it claims to control.