From China to Turkey: The Uighurs in a Position of a New Asia’s Rising Force in the Global Jihad

Wolf, Siegfried O.

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Abstract

On New Year’s Eve, Istanbul had to witness another major terrorist incident. The gunman who attacked a popular night club in the Turkish Metropole and murdered 39 people and severely injured many more, most likely belonged to the Uighurs, a Muslim community residing in China (1). This became evident for the Turkish authorities, especially after they arrested numerous suspicious Uighurs in the aftermath of the bloody assault. Being a NATO member and a significant partner in the US-led coalition fighting ISIS (particularly in Syria), Turkey is getting increasingly identified by international terrorists who represent the main target in their Global Jihad (2). As such, the experience with terrorist attacks at the Bosporus is nothing new (3). Moreover, this can also be seen in more than 30 violent acts against Turkish state and society during the last year.

Document type: Working paper
Publisher: South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF)
Place of Publication: Brussels
Date: 2016
Version: Primary publication
Date Deposited: 30 May 2017
Number of Pages: 12
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Political science
Controlled Subjects: China, Türkei, Terrorismus
Uncontrolled Keywords: Uighurs, China, Türkei, Terroranschlag Istanbul, Syrien, Terrorismus, Globaler Jihad, Islamischer Staat, al-Qaida / Uighurs, China, Turkey, Istanbul Attack, Syria, Terrorism, Global Jihad, Islamic State, al-Qaeda
Subject (classification): Politics
Countries/Regions: China
other countries
Series: Themen > SADF Focus
Volume: 27
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