The Islamic State has terrorist pockets all around the globe, and anyone who says otherwise is grossly misinformed.
An evolution of Al-Qaeda, ISIS is unequivocally the most dangerous threat to freedom, religion, and democracy the world has ever seen.
But a recently released propaganda video by ISIS indicates they’re somewhat surprisingly widening their global terrorism pursuit by attacking one of the United States’ strongest allies.
According to The Washington Times:
“An Islamic State propaganda video circulated this week shows ethnic Uighur fighters training in Iraq and vowing to carry out horrific attacks in their Chinese homeland — the latest sign that the terrorist group hopes to expand operations into East Asia as it loses territory in the Middle East and North Africa.
The video, which features one fighter promising to make Chinese ‘blood flow in rivers,’ has prompted unease in Beijing, where officials for years have characterized Uighur separatists in the nation’s western and mostly Muslim Xinjiang region as Islamic terrorists.
Analysts say the video, which also shows an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping that turns into flames over a Chinese flag, marks the first time that Islamic State propaganda has so vividly and directly targeted China.
The development adds a twist to months-old predictions that the group also known as ISIS is bent on spreading into Southeast Asia — particularly to Indonesia and the Philippines — as it slowly gets beaten back half a world away in Syria and Iraq.
There were fresh reports of gains Thursday against Islamic State strongholds in both of those nations.”
Apparently, ISIS isn’t playing favorites anymore, and it comes as a bit of a surprise because the People’s Republic of China is a communist state.
China’s meddling with the Middle East is somewhat limited, but then it was discovered ISIS’s base in Indonesia has joined forces with Uighur militants, who have connections to China’s Xinjiang region.
The Washington Times reported on the contents of the propaganda video:
“The video, released Monday by a division of the terrorist group in western Iraq, featured several Uighur fighters vowing to return home to carry out attacks in China, according to the U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks and analyses Islamic State propaganda.
One of the Uighurs in the video issued a specific threat against China just before executing an alleged informant in the video.
‘Oh, you Chinese who do not understand what people say! We are the soldiers of the Caliphate, and we will come to you to clarify to you with the tongues of our weapons, to shed blood like rivers and avenging the oppressed,’ the fighter says, according to Agence France-Presse, citing SITE’s translation of the video.
Michael Clarke, an analyst on Xinjiang province at the National Security College of Australian National University, told Agence France-Presse that the video appears to be the Islamic State’s ‘first direct threat’ against China, as well as the ‘first time that Uighur-speaking militants have claimed allegiance to [the Islamic State].’
According to Uighur speakers who analyzed the content for Reuters but declined to be identified, the video also featured the following message: ‘We will certainly plant our flag over America, China, Russia and all the infidels of the world.’
Chinese authorities have responded cautiously. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Wednesday that he had not seen the video but that ‘terrorist forces’ from Xinjiang posed ‘a severe threat to China’s security’ and called for international cooperation against them.
The Islamic State released the video just as Chinese authorities were staging the latest in a series of mass rallies by armed police in Xinjiang to show Beijing’s resolve in crushing security threats.
In one violence-wracked corner of the province, authorities are offering rewards of up to $730,000 to anyone who exposes terrorist plots or takes action to ‘kill, wound or subdue’ attackers.”
So there you have it.
ISIS has officially graduated with not only a Masters in terrorizing democratic countries and ideologies, but also a Doctorate in declaring war against the entire world.
And no one is safe.