Officials want to clamp down on mosques that feed militant Islam, but mullahs say they are being unjustly targeted. Clerics in southern Kazakstan say heavy-handed government tactics to weed out possible Islamic radicals may backfire, and feed rather than curb the growth of subversive groups.
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