Below is my interview with AbdulHakim Shishani, the Amir of Ajnad al-Kavkaz. English follows Russian.
As I have written before here and elsewhere, it is my belief that understanding the various foreign fighter groups in Syria is key to a deeper understanding not only of the conflict in that country, but also of other conflicts around the globe, including those in these fighters’ countries of origin. By gathering information over time, we can see how these conflicts are interconnected, and how one affects the other.
By avoiding discussing these questions, refusing to examine these groups or understand them, or indeed by oversimplifying them including by making assumptions based on what we would like to be true, or by avoiding knowledge about these groups’ motivations and beliefs, we are harming our ability to make sense of and address important issues that lead to war, conflict and displacement of peoples. Here is the interview:
JP: Как Вы бы прокомментировали ситуации на Кавказе? Кажется, что ситуация там сильно изменилась с тех пор как Вы там воевали — ИК уж практически нету, амиры джамаатов присягнули ИГИШ итд… Continue reading Эксклюзив: интервью с АбдулХакимом Шишани, Амир Аджнада/ Exclusive: Interview With AbdulHakim Shishani, Amir of Ajnad al-Kavkaz
An essay written by a North Caucasian Russian-speaking woman and wife of a Russian-speaking jihadi formerly based in Latakia province in Syria (and not connected in any way with The Islamic State group) was posted on 8 July on the telegra.ph site. As part of my work I collect posts/essays/poems etc by Russian-speaking fighters — almost all of which are written by men. Because this is comparatively unusual I thought I’d quickly translate and share it. We don’t often get a glimpse of the lives of the Russian-speaking women who have accompanied their husbands to Syria — and the overwhelming majority of what has been written is about IS “jihadi brides” or women connected with IS in other ways. Anyway the original piece has some rather fascinating photos of the interior of the house that the woman describes, which I have also posted here.
Continue reading “A Woman’s View” – essay by a Russian-speaking wife of a jihadi in Latakia
Since the (long-awaited) announcement on 23 June from IK’s Shura Overseas and the KBK Shura Overseas regarding the ouster of Abdulaziz KBK, a furious row has been raging between the supporters of the new IK regime as led by Saad ad-Dagestani, and those who either support Abdulaziz (not many, admittedly), or (mainly) those who don’t support him but who are unhappy at how Saad ad Dagestani and his supporters have handled things, including the treatment of IK in Syria. Continue reading Imarat Kavkaz Vilayat Nohchicho Abroad Weighs In On Abdul Aziz Row
The Shura of Imarat Kavkaz Za Rubezhom (IK Overseas) and of IK KBK Overseas has made an official announcement — finally — about the situation surrounding Abdul Aziz KBK. Continue reading Imarat Kavkaz in Turkey Finally Announce Abdulaziz’s Removal – But Why?
The 12-year-old son of a of a Chechen Imarat Kavkaz v Shame recon and assault group amir has been killed in an air strike near Raqqa, sources say. Continue reading 12-year-old son of Chechen Imarat Kavkaz recon group amir killed in Raqqa air strike
Following on from this post which showed Imarat Kavkaz’s second base in Haritan, these photos show the jamaat’s first “дом” (house) in the same city, which is still standing albeit bombed out. Continue reading Imarat Kavkaz’s First Base in Haritan
Even if I’m not posting publicly, apart from this brief post, I’ve been doing research on IK v Shame & the current situation. But I wanted to share this fantastic photo, which was taken very recently* and is of Imarat Kavkaz’s very first base in Haritan, Aleppo province. Continue reading ‘Only the T-shirts are left’ – the Archaeology of Imarat Kavkaz in Syria
So this isn’t new news & I’ve been sitting on it for a few months for various reasons but it seems that I might as well post it now. Various sources report that Imarat Kavkaz v Shame (IKvS) has basically split into small factions/groups following the ouster of the group’s главный амир (main amir is the best way I can translate it) in Turkey, Abdul Aziz Kabardinets/ KBK. Continue reading Imarat Kavkaz in Syria splits more after Abdul Aziz KBK ouster
Out of interest, I have translated a few personal reactions of Russian-speaking mujahideen (which includes both those who are fighting in jamaats and those who are media activists* in Syria, these do not include any individual in IS nor connected to or supportive of IS) to the talks in Astana. The individuals were not expressing the views of any jamaat or group. Continue reading Some comments from Russian-speaking fighters/media mujahideen on Astana talks
I’m working on something related to Muslim Shishani so as part of my preparation I typed out his interview with the Nohchicho website in English as I read it, & thought I’d post it here for non-Russian speakers. [I actually thought I had posted this about 10 days ago or more but then realized I forgot to hit Publish. It’s been an insanely busy month and I didn’t notice. Sorry!]
Continue reading Nohchicho’s Interview with Muslim Shishani