As the world continues to deal with the spread of COVID-19, jihadists have taken it upon themselves to exploit the situation for their own political gain and to offer advice to their own members.
The head of the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), Abdul Haq al-Turkistani, has called on jihadist “scholars” to do more to address the plight of Uighurs. Al-Turkistani addresses his message to Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhunzada, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and a number of al Qaeda ideologues.
Russia is openly advocating on behalf of the Taliban, arguing that the jihadist group should be considered a bulwark against the Islamic State’s branch in Afghanistan. But the Taliban is a bigger threat to Afghan security than Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s men, the organization remains closely allied with al Qaeda and its own extremism should not be downplayed.
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Authorities in Shanghai arrested 10 Turkish nationals accused of providing fake passports to suspected Uighur terrorists who were trying to leave China. Nine Uighurs suspected of terrorist activity were also arrested; some allegedly confessed to plans to travel to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Syria.
Police killed six people in Xinjiang yesterday, five of whom had explosives strapped to their bodies, and a sixth who reportedly attacked police with an axe. The Xinjiang legislature plans to begin enforcing a ban on burqas in Urumqi, the regional capital; most of Xinjiang’s 22 million residents are Muslim. Last week the Chinese government […]
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