What are the Kyrgyz and Uzbeks fighting about, anyway?

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June 14 2010 6:08 PM

Why Can't Kyrgyz and Uzbeks Get Along?

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Corrections, June 15, 2010: The original stated that Uzbeks appear East Asian, while Kyrgyz look Russian or Persian. In fact, it is the opposite.(Return to the corrected sentence.) The original also stated that the Soviets ruled Kyrgyzstan for more than century. Of course, the Soviet Union didn't last a full century. (Return to the corrected sentence.)

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