The Islamic State group has extended it recruiting efforts to China, according to an analysis of a recently released ISIS chant that was recorded in Mandarin. The chant, which was aimed toward the 10 million Mandarin-speaking Muslims living in China, calls on its listeners to “wake up” and “take up weapons to fight,” according to a New York Times report Tuesday.
The new chant was posted online Sunday by the ISIS’ foreign language media division — known as the Al Hayat Media Center — and was analyzed by the SITE Intelligence group, which tracks jihadi propaganda. It’s not yet clear if the chant is purely a recruiting tool to attract fighters to the battlefields of Syria and Iraq or if it’s aimed at stoking extremism among Muslims living inside China. In July 2014, the terror group’s leader, cleric Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, said that China was one of the country’s in which “Muslims’ rights are forcibly seized.”
— Deepanjana Pal (@dpanjana) December 8, 2015