Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Central Asia and the Caucasus

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Central Asia and the Caucasus

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July 30: Two bomb attacks targeted the US and Israeli Embassies in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Two people were killed and nine injured in the attacks. The blast came days after 15 alleged Islamist militants went on trial for violent activities the previous March. [BBC, 7/30]

Sept. 21: The national security service in Kyrgyzstan arrested two Kyrgyz citizens near the capital, Bishkek, who were trying to sell a large quantity of plutonium on the black market. security officials confiscated 60 small containers containing plutonium-239. [BBC, 9/27]

Sept. 22: In his first address to the UN General Assembly, Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili presented a series of initiatives aimed at peacefully resolving disputes with the secessionist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. [RFE, 9/22]

Sept. 24: security chiefs from all the Commonwealth of Independent States except Turkmenistan met in Almaty, Kazakhstan to discuss cooperation in the fight against narcotics trafficking, illegal migration, and terrorism. [RFE, 9/24]

Sept. 29: Eduard Kokoity, President of Georgia's region of South Ossetia, announced his intention for South Ossetia to reunite with North Ossetia and join Russia. Georgia's President Mikhail Saakashvili had pledged to reunite the country by taking the region and another breakaway republic, Abkhazia, back under central control. [BBC, 9/29]

Sept. 30: Kyrgyz Prime Minister Nikolai Tanaev announced that Iran would give Tajikistan a $50 million loan on preferential terms for regional infrastructure development. …

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