Leaders from "East Turkestan" terror organizations have organized for members to head for Syria to participate in their quest for jihad, the Global Times has learned from Chinese anti-terrorism authorities.The organizations include the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and the East Turkestan Education and Solidarity Association (ETESA) that push for "independence" for China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.Since May, ETIM and ETESA members have been going to Syria and linking up with organizations like Al Qaeda to fight against the Syrian government, according to China's anti-terrorism authority.The headquarters of ETESA, located in Istanbul, are quite extensive and include research, media, social affairs, education and women's affairs departments.Together with other young people, Memeti Alili travelled to Aleppo, the largest city located in northwestern Syria and arranged to join the rebels.The percentage of foreign fighters in Syria has reached up to 80 percent from 29 countries such as Libya, Turkey, Lebanon and Yemen, according to Omran Zoubi, Minister of Information in the Assad government.He was detained along with his followers during the North Storm operation, portal reported.
A year later, after studying the lessons they provided, Memeti Alili was informed by ETESA and ETIM that he had been selected to travel to Syria to join the fighting.
We believe the reason they went to Turkey after training in Pakistan is to go to Syria.
Most probably, they are now fighting in the northern city of Aleppo but we're not sure about this.
There are now more than 200 Islamic radicals in Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan officials state.
These cells include domestic-based ones and external-based ones like the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, al Qaeda, the Islamic Movement of Eastern Turkestan, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Taliban, and the Mujahidin of Central Asia.S.-dominated NATO, its GCC proxies, Russia, China and other regional players.