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“ЗАПИСКИ ИЗ МИНБИДЖА” (Notes from Manbij) — A Poem

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

Umar Shishani’s Biographer Distances Him From Imarat Kavkaz Bayah

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.

Continue reading Umar Shishani’s Biographer Distances Him From Imarat Kavkaz Bayah

Ajnad al-Kavkaz Amir Abdul Hakim Shishani Was Amir of Central Sector In Chechnya

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

Public Service Announcement: This Is An Academic Blog NOT A PRO-JIHAD SITE

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.

Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar Say Repelled Assad Attack On Aleppo Central Prison

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

The Caucasus Emirate In Aleppo: At The Scene Of A Barrel Bomb Attack

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