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Abdullah Mansour is a leader of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (also known as the Turkistan Islamic Party and the Turkistan Islamic Movement), an Islamic terrorist and Uyghur separatist organization founded by militants in western China, the Xinjiang region. Its stated goal is the independence of East Turkestan. The group is active in the ongoing Xinjiang conflict. Between 2008 and 2013 Mansour was an editor of his movements quarterly publication Islamic Turkistan, before rising to its leadership.[1]

Abdullah Mansour
5th Emir of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement
In office
2013–2014
Preceded byAbdul Shakoor al-Turkistani
Succeeded byAbdul Haq
Military service
Allegiance al-Qaeda
Branch/service East Turkestan Islamic Movement
Battles/warsXinjiang conflict
War in North-West Pakistan

According to IntelCenter, Mansour was seen in a 2008 video, holding an assault rifle and stating: "We, members of the Turkestan Islamic Party, have declared war against China. We oppose China’s occupation of our homeland of East Turkestan, which is a part of the Islamic world." He threatened coming attacks against the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing.[2]

“We have to conquer our own country and purify it of all infidels. Then, we should conquer the infidels’ countries and spread Islam. The infidels who are usurping our countries have announced war against Islam and Muslims, forcing Muslims to abandon Islam and change their beliefs.” - Abdullah Mansour, leader of the Uyghur separatist movement Turkistan Islamic Party (East Turkestan Islamic Movement), from “The Duty of Faith and Support,” Voice of Islam/al-Fajr Media Center, August 26, 2009.[3]

In an eight-minute audio clip published online by SITE Intelligence Group, Mansour claimed responsibility for the 2013 Tiananmen Square attack which killed five people and injured 38 on 28 October 2013. In the message Mansour warned of future attacks by Uyghur fighters, including one targeting the Great Hall of the People. He is quoted as having stated: "The people have learned who is the real enemy and they returned to their own religion. They learned the lesson."[4][5]

In March 2014 interview with Reuters from an undisclosed location in North Waziristan, Pakistan, Mansour stated that it was his holy duty to fight China, and promised further attacks.[6] Also in March 2014, Mansour expressed support for the 2014 Kunming attack, without claiming responsibility.[7]

Turkistan Islamic Party leader Abdullah Mansur wrote an article on the sayings of TIP leader Hassan Makhdum (حسن مخدوم) in the 2nd edition of the "Islamic Turkistan" magazine.[8]

Doğu Türkistan Bülteni Haber Ajansı interviewed Turkistan Islamic Party leader Abdullah Mansur and claimed that the Communists killed 60 million Uyghurs, attacking the idea of democracy and attacking America, saying that Uighurs should follow the "prophetic methodology" of jihad and that only Alalh would provide victory, attacking South Sudan and East Timor, claiming “East Turkistan” is an integral part of Islam and the Islamic Ummah, talking about Hasan Mahsum bringing the Turkistan Islamic Party in 1997 to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and the Turkistan Islamic Party’s allegiance to the Taliban.[9]

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  1. ^ Zenn, Jacob (23 May 2014). "Beijing, Kunming, Urumqi and Guangzhou: The Changing Landscape of Anti-Chinese Jihadists". China Brief. The Jamestown Foundation. 14 (10). Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  2. ^ Wong, Edward (7 August 2008). "Group Says Video Warns of Olympic Attack". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  3. ^ McGregor, Andrew (March 11, 2010). "Will Xinjiang's Turkistani Islamic Party Survive the Drone Missile Death of its Leader?" (PDF). Terrorism Monitor. The Jamestown Foundation. 8 (10). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016.
  4. ^ Maclean, William (23 November 2013). "Islamist group calls Tiananmen attack 'jihadi operation': SITE". Reuters. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  5. ^ Kaiman, Jonathan (25 November 2014). "Islamist group claims responsibility for attack on China's Tiananmen Square". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  6. ^ Khan, Dera Ismail (14 March 2014). "From his Pakistan hideout, Uighur leader vows revenge on China". Reuters. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  7. ^ Tiezzi, Shannon (20 March 2014). "Turkestan Islamic Party Expresses Support for Kunming Attack". The Diplomat. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  8. ^ عبد الله منصور (November 2008). "أقوال القائد حسن المخدوم رحمه الله" (PDF). تركستان الإسلامية. No. السنة الأولى: العدد الثاني. pp. 35–38. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-10-12.
  9. ^ Mansur, Abdullah (23 January 2016). "Türkistan İslam Cemaati : Demokratların ve Mücahitlerin " Doğu Türkistan " Yaklaşımı". Doğu Türkistan Bülteni Haber Ajansı. Archived from the original on 2016-08-09.