Category Archives: Chechnya

More About Muslim Shishani’s Early Years As a Militant In Ingushetia (With Pics!)

KavkazPress has published more details on Muslim Shishani’s earlier years,  including some photos of him sans beard, some of which I cannot resist translating here. Some of the information KavkazPress has included is stuff I have already published in earlier posts, and I am not going to reproduce that here. Continue reading More About Muslim Shishani’s Early Years As a Militant In Ingushetia (With Pics!)

Via Extremist Russia: The Future of the North Caucasus Insurgency

Extremist Russia (check out his blog on here and follow him on Twitter on @ExtremistRussia) is an expert on the Caucasus Emirate and has kindly allowed me to cross post his latest piece looking at the future of that group in the wake of recent events. Continue reading Via Extremist Russia: The Future of the North Caucasus Insurgency

JMA Split After Losing Its North Caucasian Majority & Amid Weak Caucasus Emirate

Abu Abdullah, a JMA militant, has written an explanation of the situation surrounding deposed JMA emir Salakhuddin Shishani and military emir Abdul Karim Krymsky.

The explanation sheds a lot of light onto the dramatic events of the past few weeks and days regarding the leadership of JMA; it also provides some more information about the state of the group following the departure of its former Amir, Umar Shishani and his entourage in November-December 2013 for IS. Continue reading JMA Split After Losing Its North Caucasian Majority & Amid Weak Caucasus Emirate

What Does Salakhuddin’s Ouster From JMA Mean For Caucasus Emirate In Syria?

A Facebook post on June 10 has confirmed that JMA emir Salakhuddin Shishani and military emir Abdul Karim Krymsky have been removed from their posts. Continue reading What Does Salakhuddin’s Ouster From JMA Mean For Caucasus Emirate In Syria?

Umar Shishani To Kebekov: “I Didn’t Have Bay’ah To Umarov When I Came To Syria”

Almost three hours of video footage from 2014 featuring Umar Shishani, IS’s military commander, and his close confidante Abu Jihad has come to light, in which Umar addresses the then-emir of the Caucasus Emirate, Kebekov, and says he did not have a bay’ah to Dokku Umarov when he came to Syria in the autumn of 2012. Continue reading Umar Shishani To Kebekov: “I Didn’t Have Bay’ah To Umarov When I Came To Syria”

Muslim Shishani & His Military Emir Reappear In Jisr Al-Shugur

Ethnic Kist Muslim Shishani (Murad Margoshvili), commander of the Junud al-Sham faction based in Latakia, has been conspicuous by his absence in recent months. On 22 April, he reappeared in a new video released by members of his media team. Continue reading Muslim Shishani & His Military Emir Reappear In Jisr Al-Shugur

JMA To CE In Chechnya: We Were Inspired By Grozny Attack In December

Khairullah Shishani, the emir of Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (JMA) in Latakia Province, has told militants in Chechnya that the group was inspired by the December terrorist attack in the Chechen capital, Grozny. Continue reading JMA To CE In Chechnya: We Were Inspired By Grozny Attack In December

Abdul-Hakim Shishani, Emir of Ajnad al-Kavkaz, Linked To Khattab

Veteran Chechen militant Abdul Hakim Shishani, the emir of the Latakia-based Ajnad al-Kavkaz (AK) faction (formerly known as the Khalifat Battalion or Khalifat Jamaat) has been linked to a member of a Chechen militant group who fought alongside Emir Khattab, the Saudi foreign fighter who fought in the first and second Chechen wars. Continue reading Abdul-Hakim Shishani, Emir of Ajnad al-Kavkaz, Linked To Khattab

Salakhuddin Shishani & The Phenomenon Of “Displaced Conflict” – Integration & Co-Existing Loyalties

Some thoughts on Salakhuddin Shishani, Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar, and the idea of “displaced conflict.” Continue reading Salakhuddin Shishani & The Phenomenon Of “Displaced Conflict” – Integration & Co-Existing Loyalties