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“There is no Fitna”: Ukrainian Fighter Defects To IS From Muslim Shishani

FiSyria, the website close to the Islamic State and Umar Shishani, has published a video testimony from a Ukrainian fighter who claims he defected to IS from Muslim Shishani’s jamaat in Latakia. Continue reading

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Report: Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar Amalgamates With 3 Brigades

The VK account of Chechen-led Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar reports that JMA has united with three other factions to form a new group. Continue reading

Video: Sayfullah Shishani’s Jamaat & Syrian Hearts and Minds

Video: Sayfullah Shishani’s Jamaat & Syrian Hearts and Minds

Sayfullah Shishani’s jamaat – which is officially part of Jabhat an-Nusra although it has maintained its autonomy as a discrete unit – has published a video showing a Syrian thanking the group for aid to local Syrians. Continue reading

Umar Shishani In ISIS Iraq-Syria Border Breach Video

ISIS North Caucasians: Muslim Shishani “Raises Chechen Flag Above That Of Allah”

Russian-speaking pro-ISIS fighters have accused Muslim Shishani, the emir of the independent Junud as-Sham faction, of prioritizing nationalism over global jihad. Continue reading

Georgia’s Maestro TV Report On Umar Shishani

Georgia’s Maestro TV Report On Umar Shishani

Georgia’s Maestro TV have produced this report (in Georgian) on Umar Shishani, with an interview with his father.

The Adamalla forum provided these translations from Georgian into Russian. I do not speak Georgian, so cannot verify them… (Some posters on the forum are claiming that Umar is Georgian and not Chechen).

From 2:45 – I don’t want him to be a Muslim. Because neither my father, nor his father and grandfather, or the father of my great grandfather were Muslims. Why should I be a Muslim?

From 3:27 – He is such a Georgian patriot. He would give his life for Georgia.

From 5:00 He is a born warrior. At age 14 he was with Gelaev in Abkhazia.

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Muslim Shishani on Islamic Front, ISIS, & Rumors of Kidnapped Women

I have translated more of Muslim Shishani’s long audio address on the fitna between ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra. For the first part, and a link to the audio address itself, see here.

In this segment, Muslim Shishani talks about ISIS’s reaction to the formation of the Islamic Front, and the rumors that women associated with foreign fighter jamaats had been kidnapped. Continue reading

New Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar Video: Snipers in Layramoun

New Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar Video: Snipers in Layramoun

After some weeks of silence, Caucasus Emirate affiliated faction Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar have posted a short video claiming to show two sniper attacks; the second in Layramoun, Aleppo. Continue reading

Caucasus Emirate Leader: Umar Shishani Should Return To The Fold

Check Out My New Post On Jihadology: North Caucasians Aligned to IS Slam Caucasus Emirate Emir

My new guest post on Jihadology: The Clear Banner: ‘Let Him Eat Leaves:’ North Caucasians Aligned to Islamic State Slam Caucasus Emirate Emir. Continue reading

Muslim Abu Walid Shishani on the Fitna in Syria

Muslim Abu Walid Shishani on the Fitna in Syria

Muslim Abu Walid Shishani has issued a new audio statement expressing his views on the fitna in Syria. I have translated some passages below.
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Umar Shishani In ISIS Iraq-Syria Border Breach Video

Umar Shishani In ISIS Iraq-Syria Border Breach Video

ISIS military emir Umar Shishani appears in this video, showing the breaching of the border between Syria and Iraq.

The release of the video preceded an announcement by ISIS that they had declared the restoration of the Caliphate, with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as its Emir, and that the new name of the group was simply “Islamic State”.

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