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.
Muslim Shishani, the Emir of Junud al-Sham, a small Latakia-based North Caucasian group of about 30 North Caucasian militants*, has given an interview to Turkish-language Al-Jazeera, which someone has conveniently translated into Russian. So I have translated it into English. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of the Russian translation from Turkish, and it sounds as clunky as heck, so caveat emptor. Continue reading Translation Of Muslim Shishani’s Interview With Al Jazeera Turkish
An informed source has said that the Крымский Джамаат (Crimean Jamaat) has pledged allegiance to Nusra. I am leaving the headline as a question, though, because I have not been able to confirm it by asking the Crimean Jamaat themselves or seeing a statement from them. Continue reading UPDATE: Has The Crimean Jamaat Pledged Bay’ah To Nusra?
As I have mentioned before and elsewhere, I am interested in Russian-language jihadi poetry and writing. I am collecting poems as well as the writings of fighters themselves, in order to write something more in depth about them. But in the meantime, here is a poem that I found recently… Continue reading Jihadi Poetry: ‘The Mujahideen Of The Caucasus Are Strong!’
Because I am a completist I have translated the statement given by Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (JMA) on pledging allegiance to Jabhat al-Nusra. Continue reading JMA Statement On Pledging Bay’ah To Jabhat Al-Nusra
After months of speculation — well, since June when the group split, and the Caucasus Emirate (IK) in Syria left — Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar has joined Jabhat al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria.
Before I translate the official announcement from White Minaret, Nusra’s Russian language media wing — which contains some FASCINATING information — here are a few points to bear in mind (based on questions I have been asked…):
Continue reading Now It’s Official: JMA Has Joined Jabhat al-Nusra
The Uzbek-led battalion Katiba Sayfullah, which is part of Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra (JAN) has published a promotional video via its White Minaret media wing about its participation in the assault and capture of the Syrian government Abu Duhour Air Base in Idlib province. Continue reading Uzbek-Led Katiba Sayfullah (Nusra) Involved In Abu Duhour Air Base Assault
Amid all the reports of the Russian military build up in Latakia, there have been rumors and reports in the Russian media relating to Chechen militants in Assad’s coastal stronghold province.
Chechen-led faction Ajnad al-Kavkaz have denied a report in Russia’s pro-Kremlin RIA Novosti that the Syrian Army has killed 19 of its militants. Continue reading Ajnad Al-Kavkaz Deny Reports Syrian Army Killed Its Militants
Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (JMA), the formerly Chechen-led group based in Aleppo province, has elected yet another new emir, the second following the ouster of its former leader Salakhuddin Shishani in June. Continue reading JMA Has (Another) New Emir, & He’s Saudi
Salakhuddin Shishani, the emir (commander) of the Imarat Kavkaz v Shame (Caucasus Emirate in Syria) group has made his first video address since his ouster from Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar this summer. Continue reading Salakhuddin Shishani Makes First Video Address Since Ouster From JMA
Security forces in Dagestan have killed a militant who studied, trained and fought in Syria, according to pro-Caucasus Emirate social media posts and the Russian media, citing security sources. Continue reading Russia Just Killed A Syria Returnee in Dagestan Counter Terror Op