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U.S. warns of al Qaeda threat in Central Asia
By Roman Kozhevnikov Roman Kozhevnikov Sat Feb 20, 4:13 am ET

DUSHANBE (Reuters) – Al Qaeda aims to infiltrate Central Asia to train militants and turn the ex-Soviet region into a zone of unrest, a U.S. envoy said on Saturday.

The West is worried about risks to stability in the vast Muslim region, dominated by authoritarian but secular governments. Analysts believe Islamist militancy could spread into the heart of Central Asia from nearby Afghanistan.

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