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in Central Asia Robert O. Freedman

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, proved more interested in assuring its supply of sophisticated arms from Russia than in seeking to promote Islamic radicalism in Central Asia, which, in any case, was not yet ripe for it. Finally, Israel, also concerned about Islamic radicalism which could threaten its own interests in Central Asia, sought to aid the states in the region economically while at the same time seeking to reinforce its ties with the United States by taking the lead in the fight against Islamic radicalism.