Islamic Militants Threaten Holy War in China

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As China celebrates the opening of the Olympics, an Islamic militant group is threatening to attack the Beijing Games.

The Turkistan Islamic Party -- or T.I.P. -- has released a new video that declares a holy war on China. And what better place to make a bloody statement than among the hoopla of the Beijing Games?

The video warns Muslims to not be on planes, trains or buses during the games.

Even before this Olympic threat, the T.I.P. was a thorn in the side of China's Communist regime. The group is based in western China's Xianjing province and is comprised of a Muslim minority there called the Uighurs. It seeks to establish an Islamic state independent of China.

Security experts say the T.I.P. has received training from Al Qaeda and may have been behind an attack last weekend that killed 16 Chinese police officers in Xianjiang province. Following that attack, Al Qaeda message boards online urged the T.I.P. not to overplay its hand.

With the U.S., Europe and several Arab governments already aligned against Al Qaeda, they say, the last thing the group needs is to make an enemy of China -- an emerging superpower and the world's most populous nation.

But an attack on the Beijing Games -- and the embarrassment it would cause China -- would do just that. Look for the T.I.P. to avoid attacking Beijing -- and for China's fearsome security apparatus to be ready and waiting nonetheless.

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Erick Stakelbeck

Erick Stakelbeck

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