Category Archives: Islamic State of Iraq and as-Sham

Two more “Medina students” – a Dagestani & a Kyrgyz – killed near Mosul

Islamic State Russian-speaking social media accounts are reporting today (24 November) that the day before yesterday, i.e. 22 November, two more “Medina students” (мединские студенты — the name given in Russian to individuals who have studied in Medina) have been killed in fighting on the outskirts of Mosul. Continue reading Two more “Medina students” – a Dagestani & a Kyrgyz – killed near Mosul

‘IS’s Abu Waheeb Really Liked North Caucasians’ & Notes On Circassians & Shishanis

An Islamic State militant from Dagestan posted on social media about Abu Waheeb, the IS leader who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in May 2016, talking about how he really loved North Caucasian fighters. Continue reading ‘IS’s Abu Waheeb Really Liked North Caucasians’ & Notes On Circassians & Shishanis

Meet Alibek, Ethnic Karachay Close To Abu Jihad Who Helps Run Furat Media

For the past few months, we have been tracking Voenkorr, one of the most prolific Russian-speaking Islamic State members who is also involved in IS’s Russian-language media group run by Abu Jihad. Here is some very interesting information about his background and radicalization, which ultimately led to his joining IS. Continue reading Meet Alibek, Ethnic Karachay Close To Abu Jihad Who Helps Run Furat Media

North Caucasian Fighters: Umar Shishani Was Brave, Honest & Talented Even If He Made Mistakes

North Caucasian fighters in Syria have commented on social media about Umar Shishani, with interesting reactions to comments by other fighters that Umar was not a good military commander. While the debate over Umar has been incredibly polarized, with anti-IS North Caucasians slamming him and IS mythologizing him (and reports in the Western press doing the same, more on that below), here we have some context from North Caucasians who experienced the conflict first hand. I have translated the comments below. Continue reading North Caucasian Fighters: Umar Shishani Was Brave, Honest & Talented Even If He Made Mistakes

‘IS Wants Cannon Fodder, Not Specialists,’ Says A Dagestani Militant

A long “witness statement” purported to be from a Dagestani militant who has “returned from IS” is making the rounds of pro-Caucasus Emirate (and thus anti-IS) social media. Continue reading ‘IS Wants Cannon Fodder, Not Specialists,’ Says A Dagestani Militant

Musa Abu Yusuf Shishani Criticizes Imarat Kavkaz In New Furat Media Video

Musa Abu Yusuf Shishani of the Islamic State (IS) group has appeared in a new Furat Media video in which he criticizes the Caucasus Emirate (Imarat Kavkaz) and congratulates militants in the North Caucasus on the establishment of IS’s “Vilayat Kavkaz.” Continue reading Musa Abu Yusuf Shishani Criticizes Imarat Kavkaz In New Furat Media Video

Why Dagestani Preacher Nadir Abu Khalid’s Joining IS Was A Coup For Abu Jihad

IS’s announcement of “Vilayat Kavkaz,” the Islamic State group’s “province” in the North Caucasus was in large part the result of the rise to power and political machinations of North Caucasian militants not in Chechnya or Dagestan, but in Iraq and Syria. Continue reading Why Dagestani Preacher Nadir Abu Khalid’s Joining IS Was A Coup For Abu Jihad