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Are Chinese Uighur Militants Joining The Syrian Rebellion?
“China always stood with evil and tyranny in Egypt, Libya and Syria against the poor people. Hizbollah has also shown its true colors as it stood by China against the Muslims of Turkistan.”

OE Watch Commentary: The Pakistan-based anti-Chinese militant group, Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), has issued a quarterly Arabic-language online magazine called Islamic Turkistan since 2009. The elaborate magazine is likely intended to raise money and generate sympathy from Arab funders, as the people whom the TIP claims to represent, the Muslim Uighurs of Xinjiang, China, generally do not read Arabic. The magazine features articles about Xinjiang’s history, the “crimes” of the Chinese Communist Party against Uighurs, Uighur “martyrs” who have been killed fighting the U.S. in Afghanistan and Pakistan or fighting China in Xinjiang, and stories about successful TIP attacks against the Chinese in Xinjiang.
The TIP is a separate group from the defunct East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), whose two founding leaders, Hasan Mehsum and Abdul Haq, were killed in a Pakistan army raid in 2003 and a reported U.S. drone strike in 2010, respectively. Another reported U.S. drone strike in May 2012 also killed the TIP leader and al-Qaeda leader for Pakistan’s Federal Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Abdul Shakoor al-Turkistani, along with 17 Pakistani Taliban militants, while they were training in North Waziristan’s Shawal Valley.
China has alleged since late 2012 that Uighur militants in the TIP are being funneled into Syria by a Uighur group in Turkey to fight Bashar al-Assad’s forces. If China’s allegations are true, it would support China’s claims that the TIP is not a Xinjiang separatist group like ETIM, but rather that it is part of the broader jihadist movement. On 18 February 2013 the twelfth edition of Islamic Turkistan was posted on online forums, addressing China’s allegations in article called “Uighurs Fighting in Syria.” The TIP said that although China did not provide evidence that Uighurs are fighting in Syria, “even if a few Uighurs went there, they were representing themselves only.” The article also highlighted that “China always stood with evil and tyranny in Egypt, Libya and Syria against the poor people.”
A separate article, “The Truth Has Its Banner and the Tyrants Have Their Soldiers,” however, seemed to indicate the TIP was sending fighters to Syria, when it said, “How can we not aid and support [the fighters in Syria] while we see the injustice that is happening to them with our own eyes?” and “We have to let our people in Syria know that we are with them and that we have the same burdens and goals, which is raising and elevating the banner and the word of Allah.” While there is still no confirmation whether Uighurs are fighting in Syria, this edition of Islamic Turkistan shows the TIP’s efforts to solicit support from Arab funders by framing the TIP’s cause in Xinjiang as aligned with the Arab societies that opposed Libya’s Qaddafi, Egypt’s Mubarak, and now Syria’s al-Assad. End OE Watch Commentary (Zenn)

Note: An English-language article from China’s Global Times alleging that Uighur militants are fighting in Syria can be accessed at: (http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/740936.shtml):

The front cover of the twelfth edition of Islamic Turkistan shows two “martyrs” and a Uighur’s arm covered in Chinese clothing reaching towards the Quran
The front cover of the twelfth edition of Islamic Turkistan shows two “martyrs” and a Uighur’s arm covered in Chinese clothing reaching towards the Quran, via http://azelin.files.wordpress.com
Source: Islamic Turkistan, twelfth edition. “Uighurs Fighting in Syria (Al-Uyghureoon Yuqatiloon fee Suriya),” Shmukh al-Islam Forum, 18 February 2013. http://azelin.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/e1b8a5izb-al-islc481mc4ab-al-turkistc481nc4ab_s-turkistan-islamic-party-e2809cturkistc481n-al-islc481mc4abyyah-12e280b3.pdf
Original Article (excerpted)
Uighurs Fighting in Syria (Pg. 37)
This was the title that was written in a Shia’a website called Al Manar that discussed news that was published by Global Times of China that talked about the lies of the Chinese government about the Muslims of occupied Eastern Turkistan that China occupied since 1949. China is trying to steal its resources and annihilate the people and to empty it of everything.
China did not provide one proof or a piece of evidence that the Uighurs are fighting with the rebels in Syria against Bashar al-Assad. Even if a few Uighurs went there, they only went there representing themselves only. China has used and capitalized on the events of September 11, 2001 and it tried to say that the people in occupied Turkistan support terrorism and that the East Islamic Turkistan Movement, which does not exist as well as the East Turkestan Education and Solidarity Association (ETESA), which is based in Istanbul, are associated in separatist activities.
East Turkistan is an occupied country that is called the Autonomous Region of Xinjiang and it is not a land that belongs to China as it is located outside the Great Wall of China. Their people are Muslims who come from the descendants of Uighurs who came from Turkey. The Uighur people do not look the same as the Chinese, they speak another language and they have different traditions and customs.
Since the outbreak of the Syrian revolution, China has decided to back and support Bashar al-Assad against the rebels and helped him kill the children of Syria. China used the veto three times— the veto that it only used three times since 1975. The Turkistan people are asking for their human, religious and economic rights. They have the right to determine their own destiny according to the document of the United Nations which is why China says that they are terrorists.
As for the East Turkestan Education and Solidarity Association that China says is a terrorist group with separatist activities, this organization is an educational one. It is not the right of China to make such an accusation as China always stood with evil and tyranny in Egypt, Libya and Syria against the poor people. Hizbollah has also shown its true colors as it stood by China against the Muslims of Turkistan.