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Tibetan independence movement

The Tibetan independence movement is a movement to establish historical [Tibet] , comprising the three traditional provinces of [Amdo] , [Kham] , and [Ü-Tsang] as an independent [state] . The movement is largely led by Tibetans in exile with the support of some individuals and organizations outside of Tibet. Among these supporters are a number of [American] and [Europe] an celebrities, and some non-Tibetan followers of [Tibetan Buddhism] . The level of support for the movement within the [Tibet Autonomous Region] and other Tibetan areas of the [People's Republic of China] is difficult to assess.

The goals of the Tibetan independence movement are different from the goals of the [Dalai Lama] , the spiritual leader of [Tibet] an Buddhists. In response to the [2008 unrest in Tibet] , the [Dalai Lama] reiterated that he only wants greater autonomy for Tibet within China, not full independence, which he described as "out of the question".

Beginning in the 1950s the [Central Intelligence Agency] inserted paramilitary teams into [Tibet] to train and lead Tibetan commandos against the Chinese Army. These CIA units were from their [Special Activities Division] and they trained the first resistance fighters. They were also responsible for the [Dalai Lama] 's clandestine escape to India.

Historical background

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