Myanmar’s Rohingya insurgency has links to Saudi, Pakistan – report
Posted on December 19th, 2016

By Simon Lewis | YANGON Courtesy: Reuters

A group of Rohingya Muslims that attacked Myanmar border guards in October is headed by people with links to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, the International Crisis Group (ICG) said on Thursday, citing members of the group.

The coordinated attacks on Oct. 9 killed nine policemen and sparked a crackdown by security forces in the Muslim-majority northern sector of Rakhine State in the country’s northwest.

At least 86 people have been killed, according to state media, and the United Nations has estimated 27,000 members of the largely stateless Rohingya minority have fled across the border to Bangladesh.

Predominantly Buddhist Myanmar’s government, led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, blamed Rohingyas supported by foreign militants for the Oct. 9 attacks, but has issued scant additional information about the assailants it called “terrorists.”

A group calling itself Harakah al-Yakin claimed responsibility for the attacks in video statements and the Brussels-based ICG said it had interviewed four members of the group in Rakhine State and two outside Myanmar, as well as individuals in contact with members via messaging apps.

The Harakah al-Yakin, or Faith Movement, was formed after communal violence in 2012 in which more than 100 people were killed and about 140,000 displaced in Rakhine State, most of them Rohingya, the group said.

Rohingya who have fought in other conflicts, as well as Pakistanis or Afghans, gave clandestine training to villagers in northern Rakhine over two years ahead of the attacks, it said.

“It included weapons use, guerrilla tactics and, HaY members and trainees report, a particular focus on explosives and IEDs,” the group said, referring to improvised explosive devices.

It identified Harakah al-Yakin’s leader, who has appeared prominently in a series of nine videos posted online, as Ata Ullah, born in Karachi, Pakistan, to a Rohingya migrant father before moving as a child to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

“Though not confirmed, there are indications he went to Pakistan and possibly elsewhere, and that he received practical training in modern guerrilla warfare,” the group said. It noted that Ata Ullah was one of 20 Rohingya from Saudi Arabia leading the group’s operations in Rakhine State.

Separately, a committee of 20 senior Rohingya emigres oversees the group, which has headquarters in Mecca, the ICG said.

U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a news briefing on Thursday that the United States was aware of the report and reviewing it, but declined to comment further.

Groups like Islamic State and al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent have referred to the plight of the Rohingya in their material, and the battlefield experience of at least some of the Rohingya fighters implied links to international militants, the ICG said.

However, ICG said the group has notably not engaged in attacks on the civilian Buddhist population in Rakhine. Harakah al-Yakin’s statements to date indicate its main goals are to end the persecution of the Rohingya in Myanmar and secure the minority’s citizenship status.

“It is possible, however, that its objectives could evolve, given its appeals to religious legitimacy and links to international jihadist groups, so it is essential that government efforts do not focus only or primarily on military approaches, but also address underlying community grievances and suffering,” the ICG said.

(Additional reporting by David Alexander in Washington; editing by Robert Birsel and Dan Grebler)—report.html

Courtesy: Reuters

One Response to “Myanmar’s Rohingya insurgency has links to Saudi, Pakistan – report”

  1. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    This is the problem with the mussies. They go to a country, uninvited. Then multiply and multiply at an alarming
    rate. After some time they want their own country or they want to change the host country. Then start murdering
    unbelievers, as instructed in the so called religion of violence’s hand book.

    The absurdity of all this is incomprehensible.
    Mussies are not happy in saudi, iraq, pakesthan, iran, syria, turkey, libya etc.

    They are happy in uk, us, australia, canada etc. etc since they have freedom to what they want.
    Then they start their ghettos in those countries and want to make them like the ones they came from. Can you belive
    these mussies. When you are following a religion which advocate murder of non-believers, anything is possible.
    Mussies made old iran, afganisthan, pakesthan, bangladesh, maldives, malaysia, indonesia etc. etc. from Buddhist
    to mussie with a few hundred years of their arrival in those countries. How did they do it? (Google Buddhist heritage in those
    countries and see if you don’t believe me).
    They used BMWs (Baby
    Machine Wives) churned out 100s of 1000s of mussie babies in double quick time. So the natives had to either
    convert or flee. Surprise surprise all became mussie countries. They are repeating the dirty trick in Sri Lanka,
    Thailand and Mynmar ably funded by the middle east. With fast multiplying comes the votes which they use to
    appoint mps, mayors, ministers etc. etc. who in turn change everything to mussie slowly without much trouble
    since they have these massive voter bases! Dirty trick worked in the olden days. It is working in the modern
    world as well. Nobody says a word about the BMWs. xxxxlam is not just the religion of violence it is also the
    fastest breeding religion.

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