On 4 August, Ajnad al-Kavkaz released* a video in Chechen with Russian subtitles featuring the jamaat’s amir Abdulhakim Shishani (read my recent interview with him here), Muslim Shishani (Amir of Junud al-Sham) and Salakhuddin Shishani** (Amir of Jaish Usro). The video is an address to the Syrian people and is a response to the recent and ongoing clashes between HTS and Ahrar al-Sham. I am writing a detailed analysis of the video for Jane’s looking at its significance and responses from various groups, so I will not give any analysis here, but for fun I just did an on the fly translation of the Russian subtitles (I would have preferred to translate the Chechen but I can still only pick out a few words…).
New photos have emerged of Salakhuddin Shishani (formerly Amir of JMA/Imarat Kavkaz in Syria and now Amir of Jaish Usro), and a Chechen named Naib in the Pankisi Gorge in Georgia right before the 2012 Lopota Gorge Incident. There are also photos of Akhmad Chatayev with Naib in Pankisi at the same time. Chatayev was the senior representative of Imarat Kavkaz at the time. Continue reading Photos of Salakhuddin Shishani & Akhmad Chatayev In Pankisi Before Lopota Gorge Incident
Imarat Kavkaz v Shame (The Caucasus Emirate in the Levant/Syria) has released a new video and two more photographs, one of which it claims is of its emir, Salakhuddin Shishani (it is hard to verify it as Salakhuddin has his head turned away from the camera). Continue reading Imarat Kavkaz V Shame Release New Video, Photo Of Salakhuddin
Salakhuddin Shishani and a group of North Caucasian fighters loyal to the Caucasus Emirate (CE) have sworn bay’ah to the new CE emir Abu Usman Gimrinsky (Magomed Alievich Suleimanov). Continue reading Salakhuddin Shishani Swears Bay’ah to New CE Emir