More people joined the Islamic State from former Soviet republics than from any other region outside the Middle East.

On this special edition of Global Journalist, a look at what drew so many fighters from Central Asia to fight with the terror group in Syria – and what may become of them and their families as those who survived try to return.

In addition, countries like Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan must also decide how to reintegrate the women and children who followed fighters to the short-lived caliphate in Syria.

Joining the program, Noah Tucker, a senior editor at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and executive editor of Not in Our Name, a journalism and research project that spent months interviewing people in Central Asia. 

 Producer: Rosemary Belson

Visual editor: Grace Lett

View the “Not in Our Name” documentary here.