Increasing Evidence of Chechen Terrorists' Cooperation with Uighurs
May 4, 2014 • 11:37AM

The Saudi-financed and West-backed Chechen terrorists in Russia have now formally joined hands with the violent Uighur secessionists of China, from Chechnya to Syria, a terrorist monitoring site reported Saturday. The report said several factions including Jaish al-Muhajireen wal Ansar (a Russian-speaking terrorist group operating in Syria, composed of Jihadis from the Caucasus Emirate, Russia, Ukraine, Crimea, and other former Soviet countries), Uzbeks and Uighurs have united to form what they call Al-Muhajireen.

This alliance could pose serious security problems in China's Xinjiang province where the Uighurs are a majority and the Uighur extremists have carried out most of their terrorist attacks in recent years. The return of Al-Muhajireen terrorists from Syria back in the Central Asia, North Caucasus and Afghanistan region could enhance more terrorist activities in the adjoining Xinjiang, analysts fear.

A few weeks earlier, soon after the Uighur terrorists killed 29 people in China's southeastern city of Kunming, Abdullah Mansour, leader of the rebel Turkestan Islamic Party, in a telephone conversation with the British news agency Reuters from his hideout in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) region bordering Afghanistan, said it was his holy duty to fight the Chinese. "The fight against China is our Islamic responsibility and we have to fulfill it," he said from an undisclosed location. "China is not only our enemy, but it is the enemy of all Muslims. ... We have plans for many attacks in China," he said, speaking in the Uighur language through an interpreter. "We have a message to China that East Turkestan people and other Muslims have woken up. They cannot suppress us and Islam any more. Muslims will take revenge."

The Turkestan Islamic Party, which China equates with the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), the secessionist Uighur group, keeps a low profile in Pakistan. Unlike the Taliban, it almost never posts videos promoting its activities or ideology. Beside FATA, where 400 Uighur terrorists are based, according to Pakistan intelligence, another 250 or so Uighur militants have been located in Afghanistan's northern Nuristan and Kunar provinces.