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ahthian Post time: 2016-1-2 06:14
But you still know nothing of the terrorists - who are they, where are they from, who are the perp ...
Xinjiang borders Pakistan and Afghanistan, and is of immense strategic importance for China for a number of reasons.
Xinjiangis also home to a number of militant groups or factions struggling for independence from China. There are a number of players involved in the region and the religious extremists there are supported by several transnational terrorist networks, prime amongst them Hizb-ut-Tahrir (HT). The most effective of the groups active in the area is the East Turkistan IslamicMovement (ETIM). ETIM was founded in 1997 and its stated aim is to liberate Xinjiang from China and restore its past glory by installing an Islamic caliphate there. There is strong evidence that ETIM is linked with other groups in the region, especially Al Qaeda. Its members are active in other countries such as Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Two factions exist within the ETIM: one wants to concentrate solely on its struggle for independence from China, while the other wants to participate in and support the globalized jihadist network. ETIM is reported to have secured sanctuaries in the lawless areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan’s tribal areas.
Currently Pakistan and China are actively cooperating on terrorism and have an institutionalized antiterrorism dialogue and intelligence sharing mechanism.
Yet,despite these joint efforts and the fact that ETIM has been weakened as a number of its cadre have been killed in drone attacks and arrested or killed by Pakistani forces – it continues to be active and operational in the Xinjiang area.