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Uzbek President Asks Putin to Help Fight Radical Islam

Uzbekistan urged Russia on Wednesday to help protect Central Asia against what it said would be a rising threat from militant Islam as U.S. forces draw down their numbers in Afghanistan. President Islam Karimov said Central Asia, a resource-rich and mainly Muslim region nestled between Russia, China and Afghanistan, could face a fate similar to that of Iraq, swaths of which have been taken over by Islamic State insurgents. "Various elements among the representatives of Islamic...

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