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Published On: Tue, Sep 5th, 2017

Foreign powers behind violence in Myanmar

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Foreign powers, including Bangladesh, foreign terrorist organizations including Harakah al-Yaqin, Harukat-ul-Jihad-ul-Islam, Afghanistan’s Taliban and other foreign-backed Islamist organizations are fueling the ethnic and religious violence in Myanmar, in part with help from Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and other foreign state and non-state actors.

Myanmar_ethnic violence_Sep 2017Afghanistan’s Hezb-e-Islami party led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar who is “no stranger to terrorism and intelligence on terrorist networks” slammed Islamist terrorist organizations including Afghanistan’s Taliban for fueling the violence between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar in recent years. The party stressed that Islamist extremism forced  Buddhists into taking action to defend themselves, thus fueling the eruption of the violence.

However, there are other – less tainted and controversial sources documenting the involvement of foreign-backed Islamist terrorist organizations as well as neighboring Bangladesh and its military intelligence service.

Intelligence reports from 2012, reviewed by this author, showed that violence in Myanmar’s  Rakhine State, supposedly between Muslim Rohingya and Buddhists, has been planned and executed in collusion between the Al-Qaeda associated Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islam (HuJI) and the George Soros funded Rohingya Solidarity Organization. The basis of operations for these organizations and for the violence are Rohingya camps in Bangladesh. Both organizations as well as the camps are under supervision of Bangladesh´s intelligence service, DGFI.

Later intelligence reports reviewed by nsnbc international in January 2017 substantiate that this trend has continued and now increasingly involved a group that designates itself as Harakah al-Yaqin (a.k.a. Faith Movement, HaY). In fact, nsnbc international, in January 2017, warned that Islamists are opening new fronts in India and Myanmar.

Links between the DGFI and Pakistan’s ISI as well as Saudi intelligence have been reported. The HaY is led by the committee of Rohingya in Saudi Arabia and its commanders on the ground are Rohingya from Myanmar’s Rakhine State as well as from Rohingya refugee centers in Bangladesh.

vschina myanmar pipelinekrIt must be stressed that there is a significant amount of “internally displaced” Rohingya in Bangladesh and that most of the Rohingya who have come to Myanmar in recent decades fled oppression and internal displacement in Bangladesh. It is also noteworthy that a retired DGFI officer, in 2012, stressed to nsnbc that recruitment in Rohingya camps in Bangladesh is conducted under supervision of the DGFI.

The emergence of the HaY bears all the hallmarks of being extraordinarily well-organized and well-funded. The development comes as Myanmar’s new government attempts to find a political footing based on national coherence, national sovereignty, and an independent geopolitical position that takes into account, both Myanmar’s proximity to neighboring China and the energy-political and geostrategic interests of India, China and western corporate cartels who are interested in the country’s hydrocarbons. Myanmar’s Rakhine State is the most resource-rich area in the greater Mekong region.

CH/L – nsnbc 05.09.2017

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About the Author

- Dr. Christof Lehmann is the founder and editor of nsnbc. He is a psychologist and former independent political consultant on conflict, conflict resolution and a wide range of other political issues. In March 2013 he established nsnbc as a daily, independent, international on-line newspaper. He can be contacted at nsnbc international at

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  1. Christof, It is also worth noting that Rakhine State is also where the Chinese built BCIM Economic Corridor is being built to the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone, giving China an alternative route for its oil supplies, bypassing the Malacca Strait. That is a $10 billion project. Wherever China makes these investments (CPEC is another example) suddenly there is a “terrorist” threat. No doubt there will soon be calls for a US led ‘humanitarian’ R2P intervention.

    • Bandoola. says:

      Myanmar is no Kosovo for US led R2P invasion.Both China and Russia plus India will never allow US to repeat it in their backyard.Geopolitically Myanmar is important to all of them. They are all aware of US and U.K., their hidden agenda on Myanmar which is to use Myanmar as their base in order to destabilize the rising power of Asia, China and also to Russia.All of these big powers , Myanmar ‘s neighbour are fully aware of US plots colluding with OIC controlled UN and OIC. They are watching it closely to them all. So go ahead, US led R2P UN and OIC invasions on Myanmar.

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