IS Harps For Xinxiang Muslims

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Beijing: While China is reportedly preparing to team up with Russia in Syria against IS, IS published a song in Mandarin urging Chinese Muslims to take up arms for the cause of Islam.

The four-minute song, titled ‘We are Mujahid’, contains lyrics such as “It’s our dream to die fighting on the battlefield”, “No power could stop us from moving forward”, “Pick up your weapons to revolt” and “The shameless enemy would panic”.

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The song was released Al-Hayat Media Center on Sunday by the IS propaganda website Jihadology. Jihadology describes itself as an “academic website that curates new primary source material from global jihadis” on its Twitter account.

“This is the first time that the IS has released a Chinese song to recruit members or inspire its followers,” Zhu Yongbiao, assistant director of the Institute of Central Asia Studies at Lanzhou University, told the Global Times on Monday.

“Some terrorists in the Xinjiang Uygur region have travelled via Turkey to Syria and Iraq to join the IS and some of them will return to launch terrorist activities in China,” an expert from the Institute of American Studies under the Chinese Academy of Social Science said.

China has been on guard against terrorism since knife-wielding extremists killed more than 30 at a train station in the south-western city of Kunming in 2014.

According to reports, police in central China’s Shanxi province had apprehended four members of a Uighur extremist group who were planning attacks in the area. Photos of warning notices about the four suspects had earlier circulated online, the report said.

Chinese officials have claimed Muslims from the country’s western region are travelling to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS – before returning home to take part in plots against the communist rule.

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