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East Turkistan Islamic Movement

Center of GravityChina
Area of OperationAfghanistan, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan
GoalEstablish Islamic state called 'East Turkestan' comprising a region between Turkey and western China1
StatusSupported by al-Qaeda
Alias(es)ETIM, East Turkestan Islamic Movement
Former leaderHassan Makhsum1
Narrative and Notes (Reliable)Small group composed primarily of ethnic Uighurs in western China. Supports independence for Xinjiang, the region of western China that is primarily Muslim.1

Sources and Notes

1U.S. State Department. 'Country Reports on Terrorism.' 2005.

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