Friday, June 11, 2010

More violence in Osh southern Kyrgyzstan

Tensions are high in Kyrgyzstan, and especially in the south, where ousted leader Bakiyev has the most support.  Today's rioting killed dozens.  Some are couching it in terms of violence between Kyrgyz and Uzbek gangs, but it's still murky.  The interim government is simply too weak to keep the country peaceful.

I don't think there's going to be an outright civil war, but it will definitely get worse before it gets better.  That is why the U.S. is keen to open up a "transit center" in Azerbaijan to move supplies and troops to/from Afghanistan.  Our transit center in Manas, Kyrgyzstan is perched too precariously.

Raw video from Radio Free Europe.

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