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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).…

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Via Extremist Russia: The Future of the North Caucasus Insurgency

Extremist Russia (check out his blog on here and follow him on Twitter on @ExtremistRussia) is an expert on the Caucasus Emirate and has kindly allowed me to cross post his latest piece looking at the future of that group in the wake of recent events. Follow @joaska_

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JMA Split After Losing Its North Caucasian Majority & Amid Weak Caucasus Emirate

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…

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Has Salakhuddin Shishani Been Replaced As JMA Emir?

There are rumors that Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (JMA) emir Salakhuddin Shishani and military emir Abdul Karim Krymsky have been replaced following a ruling by the Sharia Court. I’m waiting for confirmation from JMA sources, though, because rumors have been flying around for weeks about this case. Follow @joaska_