AP Exclusive: Anger with China drives Uighurs to Syrian war

  • AP Photo/Emrah Gurel

    In this photo taken Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, a Uighur woman sits outside a shop in the Uighur immigrant neighborhood of Zeytinburnu.

  • AP Photo/Emrah Gurel

    In this photo taken Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, a Uighur man watches a television program showing Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu near a photo of the famous Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar, China, at left, in a restaurant in the Uighur immigrant neighborhood of Zeytinburnu.

  • AP Photo/Emrah Gurel

    In this file photo taken Saturday, July 4, 2015, Uighurs living in Turkey and their supporters, some carrying coffins representing Uighurs who died in China’s far-western Xinjiang region, chant slogans as they stage a protest in Istanbul against what they call China’s oppression of Muslim Uighurs.

  • AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

    In this file photo taken Sunday, July 5, 2015, Uighurs living in Turkey and Turkish supporters, chant slogans as they hold a Chinese flag before burning it during a protest near China’s consulate in Istanbul, against what they call oppression by Chinese government to Muslim Uighurs in far-western Xinjiang region.

ISTANBUL — It was mid-afternoon when the Chinese police officers barged into Ali’s house set against cotton fields outside the ancient Silk Road trading post of Kashgar. The Uighur farmer and his cowering parents watched them rummage through the house until they found two books in his bedroom — a Quran and a handbook on dealing with interrogations.

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