The Syrian Arab Army’s 45th Regiment of the 1st Armored Division has reported the death of an Uyghur (Turkic ethnic group in northwest China) terrorist from China’s Xinjiang Province on Saturday afternoon – the Islamist rebels later confirmed the death of this terrorist, while also providing his identity and photo.

According to social media activists from the Syrian Opposition, the Uyghur terrorist fighting alongside their Islamist militias was identified as “‘Abbas Al-Turkistani” – he was believed to be fighting with an all Uyghur rebel group that was operating inside the Al-Ghaab Plains of the Hama Governorate’s northwestern countryside.

The deceased Uyghur terrorist was mourned by several pro-rebel social media pages, including groups like the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham – two Islamist rebel groups that have close ties with the predominately Turkic fighters that are combatting the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in northern Syria.

Chinese officials have recently expressed their commitment to combatting terrorism inside their country and inside Syria; this was confirmed during Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban’s visit to Beijing last week.

‘Abbas Al-Turkistani is not the first Uyghur terrorist to be killed by the Syrian Arab Army in northern Syria; however, he is part of a group that has recently suffered casualties inside the Al-Ghaab Plains.

 

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