Category Archives: Jabhat al Nusra

From South Korea to an Uzbek Al Qaeda group in Syria…to a Russian prison

 

On May 6, 2016, a court in Magnitogorsk in Russia passed sentence on a man named A. I. Nuriddinov after finding him guilty of fighting alongside the militant jihadist group Jannat Oshiklari in Syria. Continue reading From South Korea to an Uzbek Al Qaeda group in Syria…to a Russian prison

Khalid Shishani: IS is Winning the Propaganda War in Chechnya

Khalid Shishani, an ethnic Chechen militant fighting alongside Jabhat al-Nusra, has written a letter warning that the IS group is winning the propaganda war among Russian-speaking Muslims and calling on his fellow non-IS jihadis to step up their game to reach Muslims (by which he means pro-jihadi Muslims of course) in Russia and particularly in the North Caucasus. Continue reading Khalid Shishani: IS is Winning the Propaganda War in Chechnya

“Umar from the Caucasus” is Emir of Nusra’s Liwa Al-Muhajireen Wal-Ansar

Liwa al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (LMA), a predominantly Russian-speaking jamaat within Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra (JAN) is led by “Umar from the Caucasus, “aka Umar al-Dagestani. Continue reading “Umar from the Caucasus” is Emir of Nusra’s Liwa Al-Muhajireen Wal-Ansar

Liwa Al-Muhajireen Appear In New Nusra Video: ‘Syria Is The Graveyard Of The Occupiers’

Militants from the Uzbek-led Liwa al-Muhajireen in Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra appear in a new video released on October 27, entitled ‘Sham Is The Graveyard Of The Occupiers.’ Continue reading Liwa Al-Muhajireen Appear In New Nusra Video: ‘Syria Is The Graveyard Of The Occupiers’

Katiba Sayfullah + JMA = Liwa Al-Muhajireen

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

Uzbek-Led Katiba Sayfullah (Nusra) Involved In Abu Duhour Air Base Assault

The Uzbek-led battalion Katiba Sayfullah, which is part of Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra (JAN) has published a promotional video via its White Minaret media wing about its participation in the assault and capture of the Syrian government Abu Duhour Air Base in Idlib province. Continue reading Uzbek-Led Katiba Sayfullah (Nusra) Involved In Abu Duhour Air Base Assault

Transcript of Murat Ozer’s Feb 9, 2014 Eulogy To Seyfullakh Shishani

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

Dagestanis From Jabhat Al-Nusra Hit Back At IS

Earlier this week, I wrote a piece for RFE/RL about how Dagestanis from Jabhat al-Nusra’s Katiba Sayfullah (aka Sayfullakh Shishani’s jamaat, though I rarely hear it called that any more) have pushed back against increased recruitment and propaganda efforts by IS. Continue reading Dagestanis From Jabhat Al-Nusra Hit Back At IS

Abu Umar Tajik Of The Crimean Jamaat Imprisoned By JMA

Abu Umar Tajik, a militant with the Crimean Jamaat (a small group of fighters that appears to consist of Russian-speaking militants who broke away from Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar), has written an account of a dramatic incident between his group and a faction from JMA loyal to that group’s former Emir, the ethnic Kist Salakhuddin Shishani. Continue reading Abu Umar Tajik Of The Crimean Jamaat Imprisoned By JMA