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 in 2012.

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Via RFE/RL: Chechen Linked To Lopota Gorge Incident Heads IS Battalion In Syria

I wrote this piece for RFE/RL (read the full piece here) on February 25. Continue reading Via RFE/RL: Chechen Linked To Lopota Gorge Incident Heads IS Battalion In Syria

Caucasus Emirate Emir Calls Dagestani Pledges To IS “Act Of Treachery”

The Emir of the Caucasus Emirate group has called the recent pledges of allegiance to Islamic State by the former leader of Vilayat Dagestan an “an act of treachery.” Continue reading Caucasus Emirate Emir Calls Dagestani Pledges To IS “Act Of Treachery”

Which Dagestani Caucasus Emirate Groups Are Switching To IS?

There is an increasing crisis within the Dagestani and increasingly the Chechen branch (perhaps it is better to say network) of the Caucasus Emirate, with various groups announcing they have given an oath of allegiance to IS. Continue reading Which Dagestani Caucasus Emirate Groups Are Switching To IS?

IS’s Abu Jihad Slams Caucasus Emirate & Gives More Details of “Truce Request” Meeting In Raqqa

A new development in the ongoing and increasingly bitter infighting among North Caucasian militants aligned to the Islamic State group and Caucasus Emirate in Syria, and those in the North Caucasus has unfolded over the past week. Key events have centered on a recent audio/video address by Abu Jihad, the close confidante of the Islamic State group’s military Emir in Syria, Umar Shishani, which the Caucasus Emirate’s Sharia judge Abdulla Kostekskiy has criticized, as have pro-CE accounts on social media. Continue reading IS’s Abu Jihad Slams Caucasus Emirate & Gives More Details of “Truce Request” Meeting In Raqqa

August 2013: JMA Fighter Slams FSA, Says Chechens Should Fight At Home, Not In Syria

I thought it would be interesting to take another look at this interview published in August 2013 by Kavkaz Center (the mouthpiece of the Caucasus Emirate) translated an interview reveals the opinions of a Chechen fighter with Jaish al-Muhajireen wal- Ansar in Syria (then under the command of Umar Shishani, before his move to ISIS). Continue reading August 2013: JMA Fighter Slams FSA, Says Chechens Should Fight At Home, Not In Syria

Report: “Isa Umarov Loses Sharia Court Case Against Muslim Shishani”

Earlier, I wrote about the reports that Muslim Shishani had been taken to a Sharia Court in Syria regarding an address he made about the “fitna” between Islamic State and Syrian groups. There are now reports that the court has met and come to a decision. Continue reading Report: “Isa Umarov Loses Sharia Court Case Against Muslim Shishani”

Muslim Shishani “In Sharia Court Dispute Over ‘Fitna’ Among Chechen Jihadis”

A strange thing happened regarding Muslim Shishani, the Emir of the Junud a-Sham (JAS) faction in Latakia: his “media mujahideen” announced that JAS was merging with Ahrar a-Sham, then deleted all references to that announcement after Ahrar a-Sham denied it. Since then — silence. So what happened? One explanation has emerged…and it has to do with Umar Shishani and the cousin of Caucasus Emirate propagandist Movladi Udugov. Continue reading Muslim Shishani “In Sharia Court Dispute Over ‘Fitna’ Among Chechen Jihadis”

Kavkaz Press Names Umar Shishani’s Sidekick Abu Jihad

The Kavkaz Press website has claimed to have identified Abu Jihad, the sidekick of Islamic State’s military emir in Syria, Umar Shishani. Continue reading Kavkaz Press Names Umar Shishani’s Sidekick Abu Jihad

IS Makes Another Russian-Language Video: A Visit To Mosul

Islamic State’s media wing, Al Hayat, has released another video in Russian (with English subtitles), entitled Визит в город Мосул (“A Visit To Mosul”). Continue reading IS Makes Another Russian-Language Video: A Visit To Mosul