“Imarat Kavkaz In The Levant” Claims To Reemerge In Aleppo

Salakhuddin Shishani’s faction, Imarat Kavkaz v Shame (Imarat Kavkaz/Caucasus Emirate in the Levant) has reemerged in Aleppo province, reportedly fighting alongside Katibat Seyfullakha Shishani (part of Nusra) and — according to sources, though there is no official confirmation because communications are all over the place and everyone is propagandizing like crazy — JMA. Follow @joaska_

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Why Dagestani Preacher Nadir Abu Khalid’s Joining IS Was A Coup For Abu Jihad

IS’s announcement of “Vilayat Kavkaz,” the Islamic State group’s “province” in the North Caucasus was in large part the result of the rise to power and political machinations of North Caucasian militants not in Chechnya or Dagestan, but in Iraq and Syria. Follow @joaska_

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IS Furat Media Publishes Video Of Caucasus Emirate Bay’ah To Baghdadi

IS’s North Caucasian contingent, via the Russian-language Furat media wing, have released a video entitled “the oaths of allegiance of the Emirs of Chechnya and Ingushetia.” The video is important, because it is in effect an “official” IS reaction to the bay’ah of Emir Khamzat (Aslan Byutukayev), the leader of the Caucasus Emirate’s Vilayat Nokhchicho).…

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Via Extremist Russia: The Future of the North Caucasus Insurgency

Extremist Russia (check out his blog on here and follow him on Twitter on @ExtremistRussia) is an expert on the Caucasus Emirate and has kindly allowed me to cross post his latest piece looking at the future of that group in the wake of recent events. Follow @joaska_