German-speaking activists associated with Muslim Shishani’s faction, Junud a-Sham, have uploaded a new video dated July 16, showing the group fighting Assad’s forces in Latakia. Continue reading
Georgia’s Maestro TV have produced this report (in Georgian) on Umar Shishani, with an interview with his father.
The Adamalla forum provided these translations from Georgian into Russian. I do not speak Georgian, so cannot verify them… (Some posters on the forum are claiming that Umar is Georgian and not Chechen).
From 2:45 – I don’t want him to be a Muslim. Because neither my father, nor his father and grandfather, or the father of my great grandfather were Muslims. Why should I be a Muslim?
From 3:27 – He is such a Georgian patriot. He would give his life for Georgia.
From 5:00 He is a born warrior. At age 14 he was with Gelaev in Abkhazia.
I have translated more of Muslim Shishani’s long audio address on the fitna between ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra. For the first part, and a link to the audio address itself, see here.
In this segment, Muslim Shishani talks about ISIS’s reaction to the formation of the Islamic Front, and the rumors that women associated with foreign fighter jamaats had been kidnapped. Continue reading
ISIS military emir Umar Shishani appears in this video, showing the breaching of the border between Syria and Iraq.
The release of the video preceded an announcement by ISIS that they had declared the restoration of the Caliphate, with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as its Emir, and that the new name of the group was simply “Islamic State”.
— Abu Umar (@AbuUmar8246) June 29, 2014