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AFP
February 9, 2018

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US forces in Afghanistan attack anti-China militants

US forces in Afghanistan attack anti-China militants

KABUL: US forces in Afghanistan have attacked networks of anti-China militants in action likely to please Beijing which had called for Western cooperation in its fight against the group it says wants to split off its Xinjiang region.

The strikes in northern Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province destroyed Taliban training camps which support militant operations in Afghanistan as well as operations by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) in the border region with China and Tajikistan, Afghanistan’s Nato-led mission said in a release on Thursday.

"The US strikes in support Afghanistan in reassuring its neighbours that it is not a safe sanctuary for terrorists who want to carry out cross-border operations," it said. The force gave no more details about the attacks or any estimate of casualties but it said the ETIM was behind attacks both inside and outside China and two of its members had been involved in a 2002 plot to bomb the US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan. "They pose a threat to China and enjoy support from the Taliban in Badakhshan and throughout the border region," the force said.

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