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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.…

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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. Follow @joaska_

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IS Furat Media Publishes Video Of Caucasus Emirate Bay’ah To Baghdadi

IS’s North Caucasian contingent, via the Russian-language Furat media wing, have released a video entitled “the oaths of allegiance of the Emirs of Chechnya and Ingushetia.” The video is important, because it is in effect an “official” IS reaction to the bay’ah of Emir Khamzat (Aslan Byutukayev), the leader of the Caucasus Emirate’s Vilayat Nokhchicho).…