Someone on Twitter asked me why Sayfullakh Shishani left Umar Shishani’s jamaat back in 2013.
I realized that I had translated part of a letter written by Khalid Shishani, who used to be part of Sayfullakh’s jamaat, who gave his account of what had happened. Umar is not portrayed in a good light here — Khalid did not admire Umar. However, it seems as if I did not post my translation anywhere (if I did, I cannot find it here — the search has been terribly slow lately. Anyway it can’t do any harm to post it twice.) Continue reading Khalid Shishani On Why Sayfullakh Shishani & Umar Fell Out
Below is a transcript of a eulogy given by Murat Ozer of the Turkish group Imkander following the death of Chechen militant Seyfullakh Shishani in Aleppo province. Continue reading Transcript of Murat Ozer’s Feb 9, 2014 Eulogy To Seyfullakh Shishani
A militant who gained experience fighting in Syria has been appointed as the Emir of the Caucasus Emirate’s Mountainous Sector of Dagestan, according to the VD.AG website and pro-CE social media. Continue reading Caucasus Emirate Appoints Syria Returnee As Emir Of Mountainous Sector Of Dagestan
Salakhuddin Shishani, the Emir of Jaish al-Mujahireen wal Ansar (JMA) — the faction that considers itself the Caucasus Emirate’s affiliate in Syria — has always been something of a mystery. Recently, I have uncovered some fresh information that might shed some light onto Salakhuddin’s past in the North Caucasus, and which also demonstrates the complicated relationship between Russia and Georgia regarding militancy in the North Caucasus and links with the Pankisi Gorge. Continue reading Who is Salakhuddin Shishani aka Feyzullah Margoshvili (aka Giorgi Kushtanashvili?)
The Emir (Commander) of Seyfullakh Shishani’s Jamaat, an Uzbek-led foreign fighter faction that is part of Jabhat al-Nusra (JAN) has reported on the current situation in al-Madafa Hill in Handarat, Aleppo province, saying that the group is has purchased several donkeys to transport food, water and supplies to the fighters there, amid continuing fire and shelling from pro-Assad forces. Continue reading In Handarat, Seyfullakh Shishani’s Jamaat Report Using Donkeys To Transport Supplies
Seyfullakh Shishani’s jamaat (part of Jabhat an-Nusra) are reporting more losses as heavy clashes continue at Handarat in Aleppo between various rebel factions and Syrian government forces backed by Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah militias. Continue reading Fierce clashes continue between JAN, Assad at Handarat
On September 23, US air strikes targeted Jabhat al-Nusra jihadis in Rif al-Muhandasin in Aleppo. The US said the strikes targeted the “Khorasan Group”, a secret Al Qaeda cell that planned attacks on Western targets.
Video and other reportage from pro-jihadi groups since May described the group and its leader Abu Yusuf al-Turki as running an elite sniper school for JAN fighters in Aleppo. Video footage of the school and the training, from May, are given below. In one propaganda video, the group is shown to use a logo depicting a wolf, and is referred to as the “Al Qaeda Snipers”. Continue reading Wolf or Khorasan: Who Was Jabhat al-Nusra’s Abu Yusuf al-Turki?
Khalid Shishani of Sayfullah Shishani’s jamaat has published a video address talking about the “fitna” between IS and other groups in Syria. Continue reading New Video: Sayfullah Shishani’s Jamaat On “Fitna In Syria”
Sayfullah Shishani’s jamaat have published a video explaining why they are on the front line against the Islamic State. Continue reading Chechen vs. Chechen? Sayfullah’s Jamaat on Ribat Against IS
The new Emir of Sayfullah Shishani’s jamaat, Abu Ubayda al-Madani, has published a new video of the faction in what he describes as “Operation Bridge” near the Aleppo Central Prison. Continue reading New Video: Sayfullah’s Jamaat Near Aleppo Central Prison