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
One of the speculations that arose* when Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar joined Jabhat al-Nusra was whether the group’s dwindling number of Russian-speakers, mostly North Caucasians, would join Katiba Sayfullah, the Uzbek-led group that has a dwindling number of Russian speakers.
And the answer is — Continue reading Katiba Sayfullah + JMA = Liwa Al-Muhajireen
Because I am a completist I have translated the statement given by Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (JMA) on pledging allegiance to Jabhat al-Nusra. Continue reading JMA Statement On Pledging Bay’ah To Jabhat Al-Nusra
After months of speculation — well, since June when the group split, and the Caucasus Emirate (IK) in Syria left — Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar has joined Jabhat al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria.
Before I translate the official announcement from White Minaret, Nusra’s Russian language media wing — which contains some FASCINATING information — here are a few points to bear in mind (based on questions I have been asked…):
Continue reading Now It’s Official: JMA Has Joined Jabhat al-Nusra
Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (JMA), the formerly Chechen-led group based in Aleppo province, has elected yet another new emir, the second following the ouster of its former leader Salakhuddin Shishani in June. Continue reading JMA Has (Another) New Emir, & He’s Saudi
Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar has released a new video, the first since the ouster of its former Emir, Salakhuddin Shishani. Continue reading JMA Releases Its First Propaganda Video Following Salakhuddin’s Ouster
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
Some more information and background on the Crimean Jamaat (Крымский Джамаат), which has some connection to the recent coup in Jaish al-Muhajireen wal Ansar (JMA) that saw its emir Salakhuddin and military emir Abdul Karim Krymsky deposed and replaced. Continue reading More About The Crimean Jamaat & Abdul Karim Krymsky
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
Below is a translation of the Sharia court judicial panel review (at least that is what I am calling it, there may be a better term) on JMA emir Salakhuddin Shishani and military emir Abdul Karim Krymsky. Continue reading Translation Of Judicial Decision Banishing Salakhuddin & Abdul Karim Krymsky