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Islamic State Vows To "Shed Blood Like Rivers" In China

 2017-03-02 13:16:29.0

Islamic State Vows To Shed Blood Like Rivers In China

Bijinng: China receives threats from ISIS in a recent video vowing to plant their flag and that blood will "flow in rivers". The news came as Beijing conducted joint air and land anti-terror drills in its restive, northwestern region from which militants featured in the video showing Uighur fighters training in Iraq.

The half-hour clip was released Monday by ISIS' al-Furat or Euphrates division active in western Iraq and eastern Syria and depicted militants from China's Muslim-majority Uighur population training for combat and executing alliged informants, according to SITE Intelligence Group.

China has maintained a tight grip on the northwestern Xinjiang region where most of its Uighur community live,however, Beijing has blamed a number of deadly bomb, knife and vehicle attacks in recent years on jihadist activity in the area. Monday's video appeared to validate China's fears that some Uighurs might join larger Islamic fundamentalist movements.

"Oh, you Chinese who do not understand wht people say.We are the soldiers of the Caliphate, and will come to you to clarify to you with tongues of our weapons, to shed blood like rivers and avenging the oppressed," one Uighur militant said before executing an accused spy.

The footage also included images of Chineses President Xi Jinping bursting in the flames and was the group's first direct threat against China,an expert on Xinjiang at the National Security College of Australian National University said om Wednesday.

A spokesperson from the Chinese foreign ministry, said he had no knowledge of the video, but emphasized the government's willingness to work with other nations in fighting Islamist militants.

"One point is very clear.We oppose any form of terrorism and proactivity participate in international cooperation to crack down on terrorism," he told a daily news beefing Wednesday, according to sources.

China was seeking international cooperation on combating radical Ismaic extremism. "We have long said that east Turkestan forces are a serious threat to China's security and we are willing to work with the international community to jointly crack down on Eastern Turkestan separatist and terrorist forces".

China's air force reportedly joined ongoing anti-terror drills being conducted in Xinjiang. The exercise included at least 18 aircraft and thousands of military and paramilitary soldiers in an apparent escalation of the country's efforts to establish security in the region.

"The joint drills were problem-solving-oriented and can effectively protect regional security and stability, since the air force, including helicopters, was not in place in previous counter-terrorism operations in Xinjiang," Li Wei, an anti-terror expert at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations said.

Beijing has routinely held military operations in Xinjiang in hope of discouraging militant activity.Some human rights organizations have accused China of discriminating and oppressing its Uighur minorities, something Beijing has denied.


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