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Authorities recently announced the arrest of six suspected terrorists in Osh on Feb. 14. Some of the suspects allegedly trained in international terrorist group camps in Syria and fought there before returning to Kyrgyzstan. The suspects were said to be planning attacks in Osh and Bishkek. Kyrgyz fighters are known to have traveled to Syria and some have joined the Al Nusrah Front.
A Kazakh national and two Kyrgyz citizens who recently returned from fighting in Syria have been arrested in the southern region of Osh on terrorism charges. Authorities say the three men had been dispatched from Syria by the Union of Islamic Jihad (IJU) to conduct terrorist activity in Kyrgyzstan.
A court in Bishek sentenced nine members of Jaishul Mahdi (Army of the Righteous Ruler), a mainly ethnic Kyrgyz terror group, to prison terms ranging from 22 years to life. The group was accused of several bombings and attempted bombings in 2010 and early 2011, including a plan to attack Manas Air Base.
The parliament voted 91-5 to terminate the US lease agreement for Manas Transit Center in July 2014, when it runs out. US operations at the base are slowing as the Afghan war winds down, and they dropped 30% in the first quarter of this year. The legislation is expected to be signed by President Atambayev, who has been against renewing the lease.
The bodies of two US crew members from an Air Force refueling tanker that crashed near Chaldovar were found; a search is on for a third crew member. Officials said the plane appeared to explode in midair. At least 15 men from Kyrgyzstan are said to have traveled to Syria to fight with the rebels. Fighters from Chechnya, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Dagestan, and Russia are also said to have gone to Syria.
A US Air Force tanker used for refueling planes over Afghanistan crashed and burned shortly after takeoff from Manas airport. The status of the reported five-person crew remains unknown.