Islamist group seeks holy war with China, plan more attacks

An Islamist militant group called the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack at a train station in China’s western city of Urumqi in late April that killed one person and injured 79, the Search for International Terrorist Entities (SITE) Monitoring service said. TIP had released a 10-minute video in Uyghur language showing the construction of a briefcase bomb it said was used in the station attack. “A fighter is shown placing the explosive material and shrapnel of bolts inside a box, then inserting the detonation device in a briefcase with the explosive, and leaving the trigger exposed in an outside pocket,” SITE described the video, produced by the TIP’s Islam Awazi Media Centre and posted on its website on May 11.

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The TIP has been itching for a holy war with China since last year

Beijing says it faces a real threat from militant Islamists in Xinjiang who want an independent Islamic state in western China called East Turkestan. In a rare interview with Reuters, Abdullah Mansour, who claims to be the leader of the Turkistan Islamic Party, said it is a ‘holy duty’ to fight the Chinese. In response, China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says, “Some violent extremist terrorist groups have now emerged. They are colluding with foreign groups and are attempting violent activities in Xinjiang and other areas in China intended to destroy China’s national policy and social stability.”

After a string of bombings and brazen suicide attacks attributed to Islamist extremists, Chinese authorities have ratcheted up surveillance of and restrictions on Muslim Uyghurs as their relations with the large minority population continue to deteriorate. Ethnic rioting and clashes in Xinjiang reached a peak in 2009, resulting in roughly 200 deaths and triggering a crackdown by local authorities. Renewed protests last year also turned violent and are thought to have claimed more than 100 lives.

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China launches heavy-handed crackdown on Xinjiang after terrorist threat heightens

During a visit to Xinjiang last week, China’s President Xi Jinping urged authorities to respond to the recent attacks with increased pressure, saying Chinese must “make terrorists become like rats scurrying across a street, with everybody shouting: Beat them!” state media reported. The Uyghurs, on the other hand, complained, “The Chinese authorities are suppressing religious practice and belief among Uyghurs,” says Uyghur Human Rights Project director Alim Seytoff.

The governor of Xinjiang, Nur Bekri, an Uyghur humself, said Islamist militants were trying to ban laughter at weddings and crying at funerals, “In order to incite fanaticism and control believers, religious extremists have blatantly distorted religious teachings, making up heresy such as ‘jihadist martyrs go to heaven,’ ‘killing a pagan is worth over 10 years of piety,’ and ‘one gets whatever one wants in heaven’,” he added. “They use this to bewilder believers into what they believe is ‘jihad’ in the form of suicide terrorist attacks or other violence.”

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The terrorist attack on Beijing last year

“People who do not follow the strictures of the Islamists are condemned by them as “traitors” and “scum”, the militants… push for the banning of watching television, listen to the radio, reading newspapers, singing and dancing, forcing men to grow beards and women to wear the burkha, and also demanding that not only food, but also cosmetics, medicine and clothing be halal, they want all of these implemented in western China,” the Xinjiang governor said.

China has sent weapons specialists to Xinjiang to train police as part of its crackdown on violent attacks. “A group of training officers were sent to Xinjiang to improve the anti-terrorism and emergency management ability of front-line police officers, and resolutely strike against violent terrorists who are swollen with arrogance,” the ruling Communist Party’s mouthpiece, the People’s Daily reported. The training includes instructions on the use of firearms and combat tactics, a statement carried on the website of the Ministry of Public Security said.

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China launches mass hunting in Xinjiang for suspected terrorists and extremists

State-run media announced this week that authorities arrested 232 individuals in the country’s northwest region for “circulating videos promoting terrorism through the Internet and on portable devices.” The arrests have reportedly been made after a string of knife attacks at local train stations plagued the country. Many of those arrested are suspected of being members of the Muslim Uyghur minority found in Xinjiang. Last March, a knife attack in Kunming, located in the southwest of China, resulted in the death of 29 and the wounding of 143. Also just last week, one suspect wielding a knife injured six in Guangzhou before being shot and killed by authorities.

Last year on mid-September, the leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahri, called on Muslims to expand their holy wars into China, India and Russia, in addition to Europe, the United States and Israel. Al Qaeda has endorsed the right of jihadists to fight the Russians in Chechnya, the Indians in Kashmir, the Chinese in Xinjiang, the Thais in Pattani, the Filipinos in Mindanao, the Jews in Israel, the Burmese in Myanmar, the French in Mali, the Christian Africans in East Africa, and the American presence in the Arabian Peninsular.

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Former British prime minister Tony Blair says the West must put aside differences with Russia and China to fight greater threat

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, last month, said that the problem of radical Islam is so serious that it demands that the West to temporarily set aside differences with Russia and China to confront Islamist terror, “At the root of the crisis [in the Middle East] lies a radicalized and politicized view of Islam, an ideology that distorts and warps Islam’s true message,” Blair said. “The threat of this radical Islam is not abating. It is growing. It is spreading across the world, and we need the cooperation from the Russians and the Chinese.”

Now with the Kremlin’s attention fixated on Ukraine, the Caucasus Emirate, a terrorist group fighting to establish an independent Islamic state in Southern Russia, could possibly undermine Russian domestic security in new ways. When Vladimir Putin became president of Russia in 2000, he acted swiftly and brutally against Chechen militants seeking independence from Moscow. Though violence continued to sputter along for years, including the bombing of Moscow Domodedovo International Airport in 2011, Russia seized back control of the region at a cost of tens of thousands of lives. The killing of Islamist leader Dokka Umarov also brought a temporary respite to the region, allowing Russia to focus elsewhere.

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After 14 years of brutal suppression, Russia’s Putin has temporarily sorted out Islamist issues in the south

In Europe, al Qaeda is urging jihadists returning from Syria to bomb and kill Queen Elizabeth II. The terror group recommends that “lone wolf” bombers use explosives linked to a timer or remote device to cause “maximum carnage” at crowded areas. It singled out high-profile sporting events in “crusader countries”: UK, France and America, which are attended by “tens of thousands” of fans and tourists. “Hit two birds with one stone; both the English and the French,” al Qaeda stated. About 250 British jihadists have returned to the UK after training and fighting in Syria’s drawn-out civil war, fueling fears of a new terrorist atrocity in Britain.

As for France, militant Islamist network, The al-Minbar Jihadi Media Network, has called for Muslims worldwide to stage attacks in France and on French institutions and interests in support of the Muslim Jihad against Christianity. “Supporting them is an easy matter for every honest and loyal person, because the embassies of France fill the lands of the Muslims, not to mention the lions of our Ummah who live in the West,” al-Minbar said in a message. “To our lone wolves in France, assassinate the president (Francois Hollande) of disbelief and criminality, terrify his cursed government, and bomb them and scare them as a support to the vulnerable in the Central African Republic.”

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Al Qaeda urged jihadists to murder Queen Elizabeth II

Paris sent in troops to Mali last January to drive out Islamist terrorists. The operation was only partially successful, driving out terrorists in Mali’s southern regions but leaving the country still vulnerable to terror attacks in the north. France has also sent around 2,000 troops to the Central African Republic in support of a 6,000-strong African Union peacekeeping mission, according to AFP. The troops were sent in following a coup, which has sparked bloody fighting between the Muslim and Christian populations.

In Africa, Nigeria’s military was seen as a force for stability across West Africa two decades ago. Now it struggles to keep security within its own borders as an Islamist insurgency in the north-east kills thousands. A lack of investment in training, failure to maintain equipment and dwindling cooperation with Western forces has damaged Nigeria’s armed services, while in Boko Haram they face an increasingly well-armed, determined foe. Islamist group Boko Haram recently shocked the world by abducting more than 200 secondary school girls in Chibok, northeastern Nigeria. The Nigerian military still appears to have no idea exactly where they are.

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Islamist group called for the assassination of French president Francois Hollande

President Goodluck Jonathan has admitted that Boko Haram has “infiltrated… the armed forces and police”, sometimes giving the militants a headstart, but the problems go much deeper. “The Nigerian military is a shadow of what it’s reputed to have once been,” said James Hall, a retired colonel and former British military attache to Nigeria. “They’ve fallen apart.” Former US Ambassador John Campbell said, “The military, just like the rest of Nigeria, is fractured, which means it probably does have Boko Haram sympathizers within it.”

In Thailand’s deep south, Muslim separatists launched a wave of more than 30 attacks in May 12, including shootings, bombings and arson, police said. “One woman has died and more than ten others were injured. We believe the perpetrators are rebel Muslim groups trying to recruit more people for their cause,” Paradorn Pattanathabutr, security adviser to the Prime Minister, told Reuters. Insurgents are apparently capitalizing on Thailand’s political instability to press towards their goal, that is the creation of an Islamic state in Southern Thailand.

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Bombings increased in Southern Thailand as militants took advantage of the country’s political chaos

Thailand’s three Muslim-dominated southern provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat have been wracked by a Muslim insurgency since Siam took control of what was then a Malay Sultanate following an Anglo-Siamese treaty in 1907. The insurgency became a full-blown civil war in the 1960s when the Bangkok government tried to control education in the region’s Islamic schools. In January 2004, a rejuvenated movement launched a series of attacks that shook up the Thai State. Since then bomb attacks, drive-by shootings and ambushes have happened on an almost daily basis.

A scarier scenario has emerged in India after Islamist group Indian Mujahideen co-founder Muhammad Ahmad Zarar Siddibapa alias Yasin Bhatkal, arrested by the Indian authorities, told officials his group was planning a nuclear attack on India with the support of the mujahideen in Pakistan. Pakistan is a nuclear-armed and unstable state, and there have been concerns about the possibilities that its nuclear weapons might fall to terrorists.

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Terrorists arrested for trying to nuke India

Bhatkal told the interrogators that he had asked his Pakistani counterpart, Riyaz Bhatkal, over phone whether the latter could arrange the delivery of a small “nuclear bomb”. According to him, Riyaz responded, “Anything can be arranged in Pakistan”. “Riyaz told me that attacks can be done with nuclear bombs. I requested him to look for one nuclear bomb for the Indian city of Surat,” Yasin said to the Indian officials. “Riyaz told me Muslims would also die in that (nuclear bomb blast), to which I said that we would paste posters in mosques asking every Muslim to quietly evacuate their families from the city,” Yasin was quoted according to the report. The plan failed because Yasin was tracked by the Indian intelligence and was arrested before he could carry out his plan.

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someone please sing Islam is the religion of Peace…

Malaysia is fast becoming like those radicals and militant if nothing been done to control it…
Their main purpose is to get rid of the people of other beliefs and to force them to submit to their religion.
Even the founder of this religion has been using force and military conquest to wipe out others, so, where is the peace?
Is was only a peaceful religion during the early stage of the teaching and has gradually resorted to violence in order to conquer other nations and forced conversion thru their so-called holy war.

Oh look! The religion of peace!