FRANK GAFFNEY: Islamic Uzbek movement swears allegiance to ISIS

August 12, 2015 1:41 PM

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The Pakistan-based jihadist organization Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), previously covered here, released a video of its leader Usmon Ghazi and several associates swearing loyalty to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and becoming part of the Khorasan state. The Aug. 6 announcement comes in the wake of the Taliban admitting that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar was killed two years earlier. In September 2014, Ghazi had officially stated that the IMU was siding with the Islamic State, yet withheld direct allegiance at that time.

Earlier this year, an Uzbek leader of a cell claiming to be part of the IMU, Sadullah Urgenji, stated that his group was changing their affiliation from the Afghan Taliban to Islamic State due to the failure of Omar to make an appearance after 13 years.

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