“Many had been radicalized by materials released by the World Uygur Congress and the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM). The recruitment gangs had used religious extremism to encourage people to go to Syria and Iraq to participate in jihad.” No one, however, has yet bothered to explain exactly how “religious extremism” differs from standard, ordinary Islamic jihad doctrine.
“Deported Illegal Chinese Immigrants Planned Joining Jihad: Police,” Xinhua, July 11, 2015:
A total of 109 illegal immigrants, who were repatriated from Thailand to China on Thursday, had been on their way to Turkey, Syria or Iraq to join jihad, the Ministry of Public Security confirmed Saturday.
Several recruitment gangs were uncovered in Turkey by a Chinese police investigation, which was also discovered that Turkish diplomats in some Southeast Asian countries had facilitated the illegal movement of people.
A large number of radicalized Chinese and the heads of organized gangs, also known as snakeheads, have been deported from Southeast Asia this year, according to the ministry.
Of the 109 individuals returned to China this week, 13 had fled China after being implicated in terrorist activities, and another two had escaped detention, said a ministry statement.
According to their accounts, many had been radicalized by materials released by the World Uygur Congress and the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM).
The recruitment gangs had used religious extremism to encourage people to go to Syria and Iraq to participate in jihad.
Some snakeheads, including Mehmut Obulela who was one of the people repatriated, told police that the gangs were well established and had a clear hierarchy. The gangs organized people to travel over land or sea through countries including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand to enter Turkey.
After arriving in Turkey, many, led by the ETIM terrorist group, went on to Syria to join the fighting. Even those who did not get as far as Syria, were involved in jihadist activities wherever they had stopped, they said….