Public Service Announcement: This Is An Academic Blog NOT A PRO-JIHAD SITE

It has been brought to my attention that some individuals are apparently incapable of reading the About page or any of my posts, and based on the title of this blog are laboring under the delusion that it a pro-jihad site run by Chechens.

I had thought this was patently obvious…

This blog tracks North Caucasian militants in Syria and Iraq and the impact of their participation in the Syrian battlefield on the insurgency in the North Caucasus.

Maps – Imom al-Bukhoriy Katibasi operations in Uzbek-majority province of Afghanistan

I love maps. So here are some showing the locations of some operations carried out by the Taliban-aligned Uzbek group Imom al-Bukhoriy Katibasi in Uzbek-majority areas in northwestern Afghanistan since August 2017. Imom al-Bukhoriy Katibasi is an Uzbek jamaat with a presence in both Syria and northwestern Afghanistan. I’ve written a far more detailed piece about them for Jane’s with some info from sources close to the group. But I wanted to post some brief notes and some maps here. The group is led in Syria by amir Abu Yusuf Muhojir, selected after the group’s previous amir, Sheikh Salakhuddin al-Uzbeki, was shot dead in Idlib province by a pro-IS media activist (who has since, I believe, been killed — sources say that Sheikh Salakhuddin’s wife was allowed to kill him in order to enact revenge). Anyway, the Syria operations are shown here.

Continue reading Maps – Imom al-Bukhoriy Katibasi operations in Uzbek-majority province of Afghanistan

Maps showing deployment of Dagestani-led and Uzbek jamaats in Idlib/Hama counteroffensive

I’ve been writing some detailed pieces about the deployments of various Russian and Uzbek-speaking jamaats with HTS and Ahrar al-Sham in the counteroffensive against Syrian government troops in Idlib/Hama, and in doing so I put together some maps, which I thought I’d share here.  I like seeing locations on a map as I write so I thought others might find them interesting. Continue reading Maps showing deployment of Dagestani-led and Uzbek jamaats in Idlib/Hama counteroffensive

‘I don’t want to go against Georgia, but don’t force me’ – Father of Pankisi teen seriously wounded in antiterror op

 

The family of 19-year-old Pankisi resident Temirlan Machalikashvili, who was shot in the head during an antiterrorism operation in Duisi and Omalo villages on 26 December, are requesting that be be transferred to a clinic in Berlin for treatment,  and have accused the Georgian Health Ministry of hiding information about the clinic, Sova reports on 9 January.

According to Sova, Machalikashvili’s father, Malkhaz Machalikashvili, claims the family have received consent from a German hospital to treat Temirlan, and have accused the Health Ministry of hiding information that the clinic is ready to admit him. Continue reading ‘I don’t want to go against Georgia, but don’t force me’ – Father of Pankisi teen seriously wounded in antiterror op

Ajnad al-Kavkaz view Iran protests with “guarded optimism”

Idlib-based Chechen-led jamaat Ajnad al-Kavkaz published a post on their Telegram channel on 1 January on the protests in Iran. I translated it as I was writing an analysis of it, and so I’m posting the translation here — it’s only short. It’s fascinating that such a short post can tell us so much about the worldview of this small group. Continue reading Ajnad al-Kavkaz view Iran protests with “guarded optimism”

Седа Дударкаева родила 2 сыновей в Сирии, отчества Умаровичи

English after Russian.

Седа Асуевна Дударкаева, дочь тогдашнего главы Федеральной Миграционной Службы Чечни, Асу Дудуркаева, родила в Сирии 2 сыновей. Отчества обоих из них — Умаровичи.  Continue reading Седа Дударкаева родила 2 сыновей в Сирии, отчества Умаровичи

Салахуддин Шишани: разведчик и следопыт, который помогал Эсабаеву и Гелаеву в Панкиси в 2000-2002гг

После смерти Салахуддина Шишани (он же Фейзулла / Пейзулла Маргошвили), убитый 17 декабря в Хаме, я решила поделиться информацией из неофициальных интервью с ним и с теми, которые близко к ним были.  Скоро опубликую что-то про его времени в Сирии.

Дискаймер.

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Is Sinai the new Syria? Evidence Russian-speaking fighters left Raqqa & went to Egypt

I’ve written a longer and more detailed piece for Jane’s on evidence that Russian-speaking jihadis are in Egypt, including with Islamic State in Sinai, but wanted to share a few very brief points here. Continue reading Is Sinai the new Syria? Evidence Russian-speaking fighters left Raqqa & went to Egypt