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The failure of the Kazakhstan experience

January 13, 2022 at 9:38 pm

This general view shows a vehicle in front of a burnt-out administrative building in central Almaty on January 7, 2022, after violence that erupted following protests over hikes in fuel prices [ALEXANDR BOGDANOV/AFP via Getty Images]

Russia thwarted an American-Israeli plan to bomb Kazakhstan the way they did with Afghanistan, which was what happened in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, benefiting from the experience of its late intervention in Syria. It quickly responded to the request of Kazakh President, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, and moved rapid intervention forces under the cover of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation formed in 2002 after the American invasion of Afghanistan. It consists of six countries that were former members of the Soviet group – Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. They sent their forces to achieve two purposes: first, to protect the facilities of the Kazakh state and, second, to support the Kazakh forces to confront the invasion and intervention of armed jihadist factions.

Kazakhstan’s borders with China extend 1,460 km, and with Russia 6,467 km, with an area of ​​more than 2.5 million square km. it is rich in minerals such as oil, gas, manganese, iron, chromium and coal, and it is the largest producer of uranium in the world. Therefore, it constitutes a rich productive lever for China and Russia’s mineral needs. It has a population of less than 20 million, although it is the ninth largest country in the world, and it has the Baikonur Cosmodrome, which is still the most important and largest space rocket launcher in the world.

Kazakhstan is a centre of international attention, as a strategic location in Central Asia, affecting the security of China and Russia, the two rival countries of the US, which moved its focus from the Arab region to focus on East and Central Asia. This American shift is what prompted Washington to withdraw suddenly from Afghanistan and hand it over to the Taliban, with the aim of creating a circle of tension, friction and clash with China in the east, Iran in the west, and Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan in the north. This aims to ignite the Central Asian region and drain China, Russia and Iran, with guarantees that US interests will not be exposed by the Taliban and its hands.

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The plot to bomb Kazakhstan took place in two stages:

The first was through popular protests that erupted on 2 January 2022, led by civil society organisations funded by the West, motivated by the absence of democracy and pluralism, the increase in the prices of fuel and basic commodities and the difficult economic conditions.

The second stage is the transfer of armed jihadist factions belonging to political Islam, Al-Qaeda and Daesh, equipped with combat experience that they have accumulated through their participation in jihad work in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. They are funded by an oil state and have American, Israeli and European planning.

The rapid Russian intervention on Thursday 6 January 2022, with the countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation thwarted the project to make Kazakhstan the second centre of tension and attrition after Afghanistan, and to create a rear border front that drains the opponents of the US and pushing them towards instability in the Central Asian region. This is what happened in our Arab region, and they succeeded in doing so, as they destroyed Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen and weakened the rest of the Arab countries by draining their financial resources and capabilities, for the benefit of the Israeli colony and domination.

The Kazakhstan conspiracy failed. Will Washington, Tel Aviv, Europe and the financiers push to stop their plans, or will they move to plan in other countries? Which countries will those be?

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