China Is Supporting Syria’s Regime. What Changed?

By Michael Clarke and Raffaello Pantucci for The National Interest — On August 14, Guan Youfei, a rear admiral in China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy, visited the Syrian capital of Damascus, escorted around the city under heavy guard. Guan’s visit reportedly included meetings with senior military officials and Russian officers, as well as pledges that …

All you need to know about Uighur “Jihadis” in Syria- Interview with Haytham Mouzahem

The Levant News — Here is an interview with Dr. Haytham Mouzahem, President of Beirut Center For Middle East Studies, regarding the Uighur fighters in Syria: Q- Is there now clear and undisputed evidence emerging from Syria of a significant Uighur presence? What is their number? I have seen everything from 100 up to several …

Kyrgyzstan says Uighur militant groups behind attack on China’s embassy

By Olga Dzyubenko for Reuters – A suicide bomb attack on the Chinese embassy in the Kyrgyz capital last week was ordered by Uighur militants active in Syria and carried out by a member of the East Turkestan Islamic movement, Kyrgyzstan’s state security service said on Tuesday. The suicide bomber, whose car rammed the gates …

China says seeks closer military ties with Syria

The Levant News — China wants to have closer military ties with Syria, state media on Tuesday cited a senior Chinese officer as saying during a rare visit to the war-torn Middle Eastern country. While relying on the region for oil supplies, China tends to leave Middle Eastern diplomacy to the other permanent members of …

UK lists East Turkistan Islamic Movement as terrorist group

The Levant News — The British government has officially listed the East Turkistan Islamic Movement as an Islamic terrorist and separatist organization. The latest list has officially listed the Turkistan Islamic Party as a terrorist group. The TIP is also known as the East Turkistan Islamic Party and the East Turkistan Islamic Movement. In describing …

Uyghur leader questions Pakistan’s silence on Beijing’s Ramadan ban

Uyghur leader Dolkun Issa accuses Pakistan of turning a blind eye to the Muslims of Beijing. The Levant News — Uyghur leader Dolkun Issa has questioned Pakistan’s silence on the Beijing imposed ban on Xinjian’s Muslim population from observing Ramadan. In a statement which has been widely circulated across East Asia, Issa said Pakistan which …