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Who is Salakhuddin Shishani aka Feyzullah Margoshvili (aka Giorgi Kushtanashvili?)

Salakhuddin Shishani, the Emir of Jaish al-Mujahireen wal Ansar (JMA) — the faction that considers itself the Caucasus Emirate’s affiliate in Syria — has always been something of a mystery. Recently, I have uncovered some fresh information that might shed some light onto Salakhuddin’s past in the North Caucasus, and which also demonstrates the complicated…

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Abdul-Hakim Shishani, Emir of Ajnad al-Kavkaz, Linked To Khattab

Veteran Chechen militant Abdul Hakim Shishani, the emir of the Latakia-based Ajnad al-Kavkaz (AK) faction (formerly known as the Khalifat Battalion or Khalifat Jamaat) has been linked to a member of a Chechen militant group who fought alongside Emir Khattab, the Saudi foreign fighter who fought in the first and second Chechen wars. Follow @joaska_

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Ajnad Kavkaz Tell How Their Jamaat Helped ‘Liberate’ Idlib

The Chechen-led faction Ajnad al-Kavkaz (formerly the Khalifat Battalion) have published a “chronology of the battles of the jamaat Ajnadul Kavkaz [sometimes the group writes its name as Ajnadul Kavkaz, sometimes as Junud Kavkaz and sometimes as Alnad al-Kavkaz] for the town of Idlib” on the group’s site, Khliafa.org. Follow @joaska_

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UPDATE: Chechen Faction Ajnad Kavkaz Fights Alongside JAN In Idlib

UPDATE: After posting this on 30 March, I learned that Ajnad Kavkaz is the new name for the Khalifat Battalion, the Latakia-based Chechen faction led by Abdul Hakim Shishani. Rather than write a new post, I have updated below to reflect this new information. Follow @joaska_

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In Handarat, Seyfullakh Shishani’s Jamaat Report Using Donkeys To Transport Supplies

The Emir (Commander) of Seyfullakh Shishani’s Jamaat, an Uzbek-led foreign fighter faction that is part of Jabhat al-Nusra (JAN) has reported on the current situation in al-Madafa Hill in Handarat, Aleppo province, saying that the group is has purchased several donkeys to transport food, water and supplies to the fighters there, amid continuing fire and…

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The Strange Tale Of New IS Chechen Emir Akhmed Chatayev & His Tour Of Europe

As a follow up to my piece for RFE/RL about how Akhmed Chatayev, aka Akhmed Shishani, has turned up in Syria in a video with Abu Jihad and apparently the Emir of a Chechen-led faction called the Yarmouk Battalion, below is a translation of an interesting piece from Kommersant, published after Chatayev’s arrest in Georgia…