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US forces in Afghanistan attack anti-China militants

"The US strikes support Afghanistan in reassuring its neighbors that it is not a safe sanctuary for terrorists who want to carry out cross-border operations," Afghanistan's NATO-led mission said in a release.

By: Reuters | Kabul | Updated: February 9, 2018 4:16 pm
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US forces in Afghanistan have attacked networks of anti-China militants in an action that is likely to please Beijing, which had called for Western cooperation in its fight against a group it says wants to split off its Xinjiang region. The strikes in the northern province of Badakhshan destroyed Taliban training camps which support militant operations in Afghanistan as well as operations by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) in the border region with China and Tajikistan, Afghanistan’s NATO-led mission said in a release on Thursday.

“The US strikes support Afghanistan in reassuring its neighbors that it is not a safe sanctuary for terrorists who want to carry out cross-border operations,” it said. The force gave no more details about the attacks or any estimate of casualties but it said the ETIM was behind attacks both inside and outside China and two of its members had been involved in a 2002 plot to bomb the US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan. “They pose a threat to China and enjoy support from the Taliban in Badakhshan and throughout the border region,” the force was quoted as saying by Reuters.

The group is drawn from members of China’s mostly Muslim Uighur minority, who speak a Turkic language and live in Xinjiang in China’s far west. In Beijing, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said he did not have information about the issue, but that fighting ETIM was a “core counter-terrorism concern” for China.

“Striking against terrorism is the responsibility of all countries in the world,” Geng Shuang told a news briefing on Friday. In 2016, Beijing was angered at a US State Department report that said there was a lack of transparency or information from China about incidents it called terrorism, and that cooperation on the problem was limited. The United States has since urged China to play a bigger role in combating global terrorism.

In the past, some Western countries have been reluctant to share intelligence with China on terrorism issues, citing concern about possible human rights abuses in Xinjiang. China has long been worried that instability in Afghanistan could spill over into Xinjiang. Hundreds of people have been killed in violence in recent years in Xinjiang. Beijing blames the bloodshed on Islamist militants and separatists, though rights groups say the unrest is more a reaction to repressive Chinese policies. The United States, Britain and the United Nations have listed the ETIM as a terrorist group.

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  1. The Void
    Feb 9, 2018 at 5:49 pm
    HOW POOR AND DEFENSELESS HINDUS WERE brutalized by terrorists like khilji from turkey, taimur from mongo lia and akbar aurangjeb from uzbekistan ancestory to convert them to islamic cult is a historical fact................... But you know whats ""THE MOST MISERABLE FACT?"" its this, that even after islamic terrorist rule is over, these converts STILL call themselves muslims, they STILL follow arabic culture, read their literature, and STILL praise and defend rapists, murders of their own family ancestors!................... they even name their children after those tormentors! What a pity!!................. Its called doing MENTAL SLAVERY, and this HABIT of mental slavery is due to inter-generational PHYSICAL SLAVERY for almost 1000 years....... But converts need to show right understanding and courage to break free themselves from this vicious cycle of mental slavery.......... #####Share it on WHATSAPP/WEB-SITES in you Regional Language.
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    1. The Void
      Feb 9, 2018 at 5:49 pm
      TOOLS OF CONVERSION BY MUGAL TERRORISTS :----- 1. VIOLENCE: Most were converted using this methodology, Which included beating, killing, kidnap, rape to convert people forcibily, terrorists like taimur, khilji, aurangjeb followed this mostly. ------- 2.TAXES: Very low taxes for those who convert and very high taxes for those stay Hindus, like Jazia Tax, agriculture taxes and all other taxes ------- 3.LAWS and PUNISHMENTS: Laws were very harsh and harrasing for those who stayed Hindus, If anyone committed crime and choose to convert, he was given very less punishment. ------- 4.MONEY: Many were given greed of money to convert to islamic cult. ------- 5.LAND: Land was also given to some powerful but greedy and treacherous people if they convert... ------####SOURCE#### Various history books on medieval India, you can read yourself also....... Its was the unparalleled resistance and bravery of those who refused to convert and fought back that saved this land from becoming an islamic state.
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      1. The Void
        Feb 9, 2018 at 5:49 pm
        WHY ISLAM IS NOT A RELIGION AND ALLAH NOT A GOD....Cult of islam was created by pedophile fraudster mohammad just recently in 7th century, before 7th century there was NO ISLAM, NO ALLAH, NO MUSLIMS........... ancestors of mohammad were worshipers of LORD SHIVA, but insipred by jesus's fame mohammad also wanted start HIS OWN CULT just like jesus, so he created concept of islam and allah......... but KABA IS KAILA, even today all you converts worship the SHIVALINGA AT KABA, its called HAZRE ASWAD.....and allah is one of the names of MOTHER GOD AMBA in Sanskrit.........King Vikramaditya have accounts of visiting that Kaba Shiv Mandir, these accounts are still there in a library in Turkey with the name SAYAR-UL-OKUL.....Mufti Muhammad Ilyas also says Shiva is the first Prophet of muslims.... "Ex-MUSLIM" and ACTIVIST ALI SINA also says there is nothing like islam.....converts should search and read their (short) history and you people will come to know that all this is true..islam is FAKE.
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        1. Nilesh Jain
          Feb 9, 2018 at 4:26 pm
          China, whom I don't even want to talk. China who is using me for MONEY of her dogs and SLAVES ? same china wanted me to go to prost to make me her dog and slave. DOES THAT CHINA UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF NO ? 'NO', very simple word ' NO'. Kill me and finish it. Why humiliating me every second of my life ? I don't want to talk to China, they want to show, If I don't do their fake appraise than there is no for me ? If I don't have with them than there is no work for me in this world ? They will manipulate their dogs and slaves , defame me and make me clean their vmt ?
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