Islamists Suspected in China’s Deadliest Terror Attack

China troopsBY RYAN MAURO:

McClatchy reports a “new, bloodier phase” of the conflict in China’s Muslim-majority Xinjiang Province has begun with bombings that killed at least 31 people and injured 94. The East Turkestan Islamic Movement is suspected of responsibility for what one expert says is “the single most lethal terrorist attack that China has suffered.”

The blasts took place in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. Over 10 million Turkic Muslims live in the province and identify themselves as Uighurs. Two cars drove through people at a market tossingexplosives. Some reports say the two cars collided and blew up, while others say only one car exploded. The attack happened one day after President Xi Jinping pledged to “make terrorists like rats scurrying across a street.”

The East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) sometimes goes by the name of the Turkestan Islamic Party. It killed three last month in an attack involving both explosives and knives at a train station. Prior to that, it killed 29 in a knife rampage at a train station. The escalation began in October when it killed two people by hitting them with a car in Beijing’s famous Tiananmen Square.

In February, ETIM released a video where it pledged to behead Chinese Buddhists and to “cut you piece by piece.” The cleric in it even made derogatory racial remarks, insulting the Chinese for their “small eyes, flat noses.” The group stated that it believes its attacks on China would help usher in the fulfillment of Islamic prophecy.

Judgment day will not come, until we attacked them. Judgment day will not come, until we slaughter them. Judgment day will not come, until our war with them and attacking them,” a translation reads.

ETIM is an Al-Qaeda affiliate largely based in Pakistan that is fighting for the independence of Xinjiang Province as it had from 1644-1991 and 1944-1949. It desires the creation of a new state called East Turkestan.

The Uighur population is hostile to the Chinese authorities, but ETIM has little support among them and is said to have only about 200 members. The Council on Foreign Relations says, “Although the ETIM seeks to establish an independent Islamic regime, the majority of Uighurs do not support an Islamic state.” China expert Gordon Chang says Uighur protests have not been about Sharia and few of them are terrorists.

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China Decries Recent Terror Attack But Still Helps Hamas

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‘Beijing supports Iran to the hilt, so it supports those organizations that Iran wants it to support,’ says China expert Gordon Chang.

BY RYAN MAURO:

On October 28, an Islamist suicide bomber struck Tiananmen Square in Beijing and killed two tourists. The Chinese government says that Islamist terrorists are its greatest threat, but Israeli intelligence found that Hamas has found China to be friendly territory.

China says that the bombing was carried out by the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) that is based in China’s Muslim-majority Xinjiang Province. It is populated by Uighurs, a minority that does not identify as Chinese and speak Turkic. The ETIM says it is fighting for independence.

The U.S. says it considers ETIM to be a threat because of its affiliations with Al-Qaeda. Two of its top leaders, including its founder, were killed in Pakistan in 2003 and 2010 by Pakistani soldiers. According to the Council on Foreign Relations, hundreds of Uighurs were hosted by the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and 22 were captured by U.S. forces.

The United Nations says it has been led by a member of Al-Qaeda’s Shura Council and that ETIM has targeted U.S. interests in the past, including the embassy in Kyrgyzstan. The U.N. estimates its strength to be only around 200 members.

China expert Gordon Chang, however, told the Clarion Project to be skeptical of Chinese claims about the group.

“Except for spontaneous street fights between Han and Uighurs, mostly Uighur act of violence in Xinjiang has been directed against the Chinese authorities and not civilians,” he said in an interview prior to the suicide bombing.

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Global Terrorist, Anti-U.S. Network Aiding Snowden

Edward Snowden (Photo: © Reuters)

Edward Snowden (Photo: © Reuters)

By Clare Lopez:

The global odyssey of former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor and self-styled “whistleblower” Edward Snowden, now entering its second month, is tracing out a map of America’s adversaries like some kind of network analysis software program.

Whatever the arguments about alleged NSA abuses of U.S. citizen privacy rights or whether Snowden had any justification for revealing information he’d pledged a solemn oath to keep secret, his hop-scotch escape route and the motley crew of actors helping him stay out of reach of American justice already provide a graphic illustration of the loose-knit but powerful international network that is allied in hatred for the United States.

That network includes nation states, Islamic terrorists and the shadowy world of cyber warfare. The nexus of their collaboration converges on the U.S. and our friends and allies.

Snowden’s journey since he fled his home in Hawaii on May 20 so far includes stops in the Chinese territory of Hong Kong and Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, with assistance from Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and possible onward travel stops scheduled for Cuba, Venezuela and Ecuador.

Islamic terrorists already have begun to change communication behavior in the wake of Snowden’s revelations, according to U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials. Further complicating the threat matrix, cybersecurity experts have been warning for some time that there is evidence that adversarial nation states like China, Iran, and Russia as well as the jihadist al-Qaeda group are working with Anonymous hackers to mount cyber attacks against U.S. businesses, government and critical infrastructure.

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Obama’s Global Makeover

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By Frank Gaffney, Jr.

In an impromptu conversation with Joe the Plumber during the 2008 presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama famously and unintentionally acknowledged his support for redistributing the nation’s wealth. And he has been hard at it ever since.

Mr. Obama has yet to cop, however,to another, arguably even more radical agenda: redistributing the nation’s power. We are, nonetheless, beginning to witness the poisonous fruits of his efforts to enhance the relative might of America¹s adversaries while degrading our own.  Call it Obama’ s global makeover.

The most obvious example is in the Middle East, where each day brings fresh evidence of how the Obama administration’s disastrous policy of embracing Islamists is transforming and destabilizing the region.  Of particular concern is the Muslim Brotherhood’s accelerating domination of the Egyptian government, which is turning the Arab world¹s most populous nation, one that sits astride the strategic Suez Canal and wields a formidable, American-supplied arsenal, into a shariah-adherent, Islamic supremacist state.  This is a formula for mass repression in Egypt, war in the Mideast and increased jihadist terror elsewhere.

Less obvious, but potentially even more problematic, is the effect of the Obama-facilitated redistribution of power on Communist China. The Chinese have not been fooled by the President’s putative strategy of ‘pivoting’ to Asia. They understand that his administration is eviscerating American military power ­ a process that will become even more draconian (and perhaps substantially irreversible) as a result of Mr. Obama¹s determination to impose the so-called sequestration round of half-a-trillion dollars more in cuts on a Pentagon already reeling from early $800 billion in previously approved reductions.

As one wag put it, the PRC views us more of a pirouetting paper-tiger than a formidable foe, whose pivot represents a meaningful trategic redeployment.

The ominous repercussions of such a perception are already beginning to manifest themselves:

Last week, police in the Chinese province of Hainan Island announced that they would stop, board, search and possibly seize vessels hey deemed to be ³illegally² plying areas of the South China Sea that Beijing has declared to be its sovereign territory.  That could apply to as much as half the world’s oil tanker traffic that passes through those waters. Some observers believe this may be a feint, designed to test American responses and resolve.  If so, the U.S. response has been negligible and the Chinese can only be further emboldened by our irresolution to stand up to their aggressive behavior.

It can hardly be an accident that China has begun throwing its weight around in other ways, as well.  As David Goldman wrote in the Asia Times on November 27th  under the nom de plume Spengler: “It is symptomatic of the national condition of the United States that the worst humiliation ever suffered by it as a nation, and by a U.S. president personally, passed almost without comment last week. I refer to the November 20 announcement at a summit meeting in Phnom Penh that 15 Asian nations, comprising half the world’s population, would form a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership excluding the United States.

We were not accidently barred from this new grouping. Rather, Goldman reports, Obama triedto use the summit to promote a U.S.-sponsored “Trans-Pacific Partnership” that would exclude China.  He not only failed.

The ASEAN nations plus India, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand actually agreed to form instead a new club with China in, and the United States out. Spengler attributes this poke in the eye to a cold calculation by the Pacific rim types that the United States is no longer the region’s dominant economic power.  That may be.

But whether it is a recalibration rooted in changing financial and trade relations or a sense that China is emerging as the new hegemon in their part of the world, the result is the same: Dynamics in Asia that are unlikely to prove conducive to our economy or security.

Then, there is President Obama’s rash effort to rid the world of nuclear weapons, starting with ours.  A State Department advisory committee made up of rabid disarmers has just issued a recommendation that the United States make still further, deep reductions in its nuclear stockpile, through negotiated agreements with Russia, if possible, and unilaterally if Vladimir Putin will not go along. This panel ­ like the Obama administration that is expected to embrace its recommendations ­ seems indifferent to the growing evidence that China may have substantially more deployed nuclear weapons than we do. And, unlike ours, theirs are on modern launch vehicles, many of which appear to be hidden in 3,000 miles of hardened tunnels.  Meanwhile, Team Obama is ensuring that there will be no modernization of the U.S. arsenal and that its weapons, and the industrial complex vital to their future deterrent value and readiness, will continue to atrophy.

President Obama is redistributing power, all right, and is thereby giving the globe a strategic makeover.  Think of it as his “fundamentally transforming the United States of America” by diminishing its power and upgrading that of its enemies.

Does any one actually think this is going to have any effect other than emboldening those who wish us ill, even as we reduce our capacity to deter and, if necessary, to defeat them?