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Kyrgyz analyst Ulan Kankor looks into reports which say that international terrorists are allegedly moving to Central Asia and probably to Kyrgyzstan’s Dzhalal-Abad Region because it has many uranium damps left from the Soviet era. He also highlights the recent session of the Kyrgyz Security Council to which the official Kyrgyz clergy were reportedly invited. Kankor suggests that the authorities want to initiate closer cooperation with the clergy to prevent the spread of radicalism in the country. The following is an excerpt from Ulan Kankor’s article "Will Bin Ladin get his residence permit in Dzhalal-Abad?", published by the Kyrgyz newspaper Belyy Parokhod on 19 September; subheadings as published:
Theoretically, it is rather easy to carry out a terrorist attack on a tailing dump. The main thing is to know which place is better for placing TNT to cause maximum damage. If only a part of the waste from uranium tailing damps gets into water, then the organizer of such an act will be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, if not millions, living in the zone of possible radioactive contamination.
Originally posted by Kaliayev
As to whether AQ are really in the country...who knows? The networks of The Base have become very confused in recent years, its certainly possible they are there, but equally Kyrgyzstan may be scare mongering because it wants a cash payout to fund something else. I believe the US has a program which is meant to help fund the securing of ex-USSR nuclear material which they have underfunded recently, this could be a not so subtle reminder that the cash would be handy.