Wednesday/ where is Uzbekistan?

Uzbekistan is one of the five ‘Stan countries from the former Soviet Union: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The text describing the recent history of Uzbekistan is from the CIA World Factbook.

New York City suffered a terrorist attack by an Uzbek national (in the USA since 2010) on Tuesday that left 8 people dead and 11 injured.

Vox.xom reports this attack is one of several recent ones by Uzbeks: in Istanbul, St Petersburg, Stockholm and now New York City.

So left me look again where Uzbekistan is, I thought.  Well, it’s one of the ‘Stans, about the size of California, pop. 29 million, native language Uzbek. It is doubly landlocked (two border crossings needed to get an ocean). The only other such country is tiny Lichtenstein. Economic prospects for young people are generally bleak, and President Shavkat Mirziyoyev sure has a lot of work to do to make life better for its citizens.  He did send a letter of condolence to President Trump today with a promise to assist in any way he can with the investigation into the attack.

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