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
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
Over the past weeks, as fighting raged in Manbij in Syria between IS and U.S.-backed fighters, a number of missives have emerged from the town and have been shared on Russian-speaking IS channels. A number of Russian-speaking fighters from a Russian-speaking battalion has been trapped in Manbij. Continue reading “ЗАПИСКИ ИЗ МИНБИДЖА” (Notes from Manbij) — A Poem
Just a few notes about something I found interesting in the recent biography of Umar Shishani that has been published in IS’s An Naba magazine, in the light of my recent post about the early days of the North Caucasian involvement in the Syrian conflict, and the ongoing attempts by Umar Shishani’s camp in IS (led by Abu Jihad) to deny that both Umar and Abu Jihad ever had a bayah (pledge of allegiance) to the Caucasus Emirate.
tl;dr: Abu Jihad throws shade at Imarat Kavkaz with the ultimate diss — pretending they never existed.
Abdul Hakim Shishani, the leader of the Latakia-based predominantly Chechen jamaat Ajnad al-Kavkaz was the Amir of the IK Nokhchiycho Wilayah Central Sector*, sources close to the group have said. Continue reading Ajnad al-Kavkaz Amir Abdul Hakim Shishani Was Amir of Central Sector In Chechnya
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.
The Uzbek Imam Bukhari Jamaat (IBJ) in Syria has released a new video of its training camp activities, dated December 4. Continue reading Uzbek Imam Bukhari Jamaat In Syria Release New Training Camp Video
Chechen-led faction Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (JMA) claim to have repelled an attempted assault by pro-Assad forces on the Aleppo Central Prison on the night of June 3. Continue reading Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar Say Repelled Assad Attack On Aleppo Central Prison
A social media account run by a fighter in Chechen-led Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar has posted images and text describing a recent barrel bomb attack in Hraytan, Aleppo. Members of the group, wearing distinctive “Caucasus Emirate” T-shirts, are showing helping the rescue operations. Continue reading The Caucasus Emirate In Aleppo: At The Scene Of A Barrel Bomb Attack
Chechen-led faction Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (JMA) report more gains on Saturday night in Layramoun, northwestern Aleppo. Continue reading Syria: Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar Say More Gains in Layramoun