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Published On: Wed, Sep 6th, 2017

Suu-kyi slams misinformation about Rohingya and foreign-backed attempt to destabilize Myanmar

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Aung San Suu-Kyi, Myanmar’s State Councilor and de-facto head of State responded to UN-led calls for her government to end violence against Rohingya stressing that the violence between predominantly Muslim Rohingya and majority Buddhists is fueled by “a huge iceberg of misinformation”. The conflict is also fueled by the involvement of foreign State and non-state actors including Bangladesh, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the Afghan Taliban, Harakah al-Yaqin, Harukat-ul-Jihad-ul-Islam, and other Islamist organizations. nsnbc international forecast in January 2017 that Islamists are opening new fronts in India and Myanmar.

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Recent violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State prompted about 125,000 predominantly Muslim Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh. The situation caused global outrage, however, without considering the fact that foreign-backed Islamist insurgents provoked the violence, and the fact that many of the Rohingya in Myanmar are first, second and third generation refugees who were displaced because of ethnic cleansing in Bangladesh.

The most recent round of violence was sparked when Islamist Rohingya militants, on August 25, launched a series of deadly ambushes, causing a crackdown by security forces and renewed inter-communal violence. Suu Kyi’s government has faced growing international condemnation for the army’s response with refugees bringing with them renewed stories of murder, rape and burned villages at the hands of soldiers. Many of these claims are being “reported” by media without appropriate vetting and reports are highly politicized.

In her first public comment since August 25, Aung San Suu-kyi said there was a huge iceberg of misinformation designed to create a lot of problems between different communities and with the aim of promoting the interests of the terrorists. The statement was made following a call from Turkey’s President R. Tayyip Erdogan who is not only particularly critical of the government of Myanmar, but who is also known for decades of support of Islamist insurgencies including Afghanistan’s Taliban, and a variety of Al-Qaeda affiliates and offshoots, including Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria.

Erdogan with Al-Qaeda and Taliban friends. From video in possession of nsnbc international.

Erdogan with Al-Qaeda and Taliban friends. From old video in possession of nsnbc international.

Erdogan – no stranger to State-sponsored terrorism and ethnic cleansing of Kurds – went as far as dubbing the crackdown against insurgents and militant Rohingya as a “genocide”.

Ironically, even Erdogan’s Afghani -now reformed – former terrorist friend Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and his Hezb-e-Islami didn’t blast the Burmese government and Suu-kyi. Instead, he 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.

Aung San Suu-kyi (archives 2016)

Aung San Suu-kyi (archives 2016)

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.

It 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.

vschina myanmar pipelinekrWith that background, Suu Kyi defended her government’s actions saying her administration was “defending all the people” in Rakhine state. Her statement also highlighted a now deleted tweet last week by Turkey’s deputy prime minister Mehmet Simsek showing a series of gruesome pictures of bodies he wrongly claimed were of dead Rohingya.

The first phase of the project launched by Islamist insurgents and their foreign State and non-State sponsors to open a new front in Myanmar, as forecast by this author in January 2017, has – arguably – succeeded. More than 200,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since October. This includes many who were displaced from Bangladesh.

Tragically, Islamist insurgent groups and their foreign backers will see these 200,000 and more, most of whom have no links to terrorism, as a perfect potential for the recruitment of more radicals and terrorists. “The iceberg of misinformation”, sloppy journalism, and outright propaganda akin to war-propaganda of the worst kind, are indeed fueling the violence with tragic consequences for all of the non-combatants who are involved in this decades-old tragedy.

CH/L – nsnbc 06.09.2017

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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 nsnbc.wordpress@gmail.com

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  1. Ali says:

    Very interesting i just want to add a very interesting link, it’s pointed out how the military are using monk as agent provocateurs to create tension between the different religious groups (it is said that wirathu the leader of ba ma ta is backed by the military government) , the article stated that the main reason behind this strategy it’s to delay the transfert of power from the military to the democtatic institutions.

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