Category Archives: Caucasus Emirate in Syria

Maps showing deployment of Dagestani-led and Uzbek jamaats in Idlib/Hama counteroffensive

I’ve been writing some detailed pieces about the deployments of various Russian and Uzbek-speaking jamaats with HTS and Ahrar al-Sham in the counteroffensive against Syrian government troops in Idlib/Hama, and in doing so I put together some maps, which I thought I’d share here.  I like seeing locations on a map as I write so I thought others might find them interesting. Continue reading Maps showing deployment of Dagestani-led and Uzbek jamaats in Idlib/Hama counteroffensive

Salakhuddin Shishani: “scout & pathfinder” who aided Esabaev and Gelaev in Pankisi in 2000-2002

Русский после английского!

Following the death of Salakhuddin Shishani in Hama on 17 December 2017, I have been contemplating what to write about him. I have been lucky enough to carry out a bunch of informal interviews both with Salakhuddin himself and those around him, most of which is for my private research. But I thought I would share a few interesting bits here. I finally got around to translating it into English — the Russian is below as noted above.

Also, I am planning to write a separate piece soon with some notes on Salakhuddin’s ideas about what he saw as his mission in Syria.

I hate having to say this but apparently it’s necessary to remind people that if you quote my work, you need to reference me as the source.

Disclaimer.

I should add that Salakhuddin very rarely talked about his past in Pankisi or about the situation in Syria. He disliked talking to journalists ! So it is very rare to obtain this information, to say the very least. Salakhuddin said that he did not like to talk about himself and he hated having his picture taken. It seems that he felt very uncomfortable with this aspect of things (though he wanted to be an amir of course) during his time as amir of JMA, when the then-main amir of IK abroad, Abdulaziz KBK, pushed him into the limelight.

Continue reading Salakhuddin Shishani: “scout & pathfinder” who aided Esabaev and Gelaev in Pankisi in 2000-2002

Imarat Kavkaz fighter Askhat Koybaev killed in Abu Dali, Hama

Imarat Kavkaz fighter Askhat Koybaev (alias Usama KBK) has been reported killed fighting in the HTS-led offensive at Abu Dali village in Hama province. Koybaev was a member of the “Dagestani Imarat Kavkaz” i.e. the group led by Salakhuddin Gimrinsky (there is another, rebel, Imarat Kavkaz). This is a small group that is fighting alongside Jaish Muhajireen wal-Ansar* (part of HTS, and which now once again also contains some former IK fighters). Continue reading Imarat Kavkaz fighter Askhat Koybaev killed in Abu Dali, Hama

Imarat Kavkaz in Turkey Finally Announce Abdulaziz’s Removal – But Why?

The Shura of Imarat Kavkaz Za Rubezhom (IK Overseas) and of IK KBK Overseas has made an official announcement — finally — about the situation surrounding Abdul Aziz KBK. Continue reading Imarat Kavkaz in Turkey Finally Announce Abdulaziz’s Removal – But Why?

12-year-old son of Chechen Imarat Kavkaz recon group amir killed in Raqqa air strike

The 12-year-old son of a of a Chechen Imarat Kavkaz v  Shame recon and assault group amir has been killed in an air strike near Raqqa, sources say.  Continue reading 12-year-old son of Chechen Imarat Kavkaz recon group amir killed in Raqqa air strike

‘Only the T-shirts are left’ – the Archaeology of Imarat Kavkaz in Syria

Even if I’m not posting publicly, apart from this brief post, I’ve been doing research on IK v Shame & the current situation. But I wanted to share this fantastic photo, which was taken very recently* and is of Imarat Kavkaz’s very first base in Haritan, Aleppo province. Continue reading ‘Only the T-shirts are left’ – the Archaeology of Imarat Kavkaz in Syria

Imarat Kavkaz in Syria splits more after Abdul Aziz KBK ouster

So this isn’t new news & I’ve been sitting on it for a few months for various reasons but it seems that I might as well post it now. Various sources report that Imarat Kavkaz v Shame (IKvS) has basically split into small factions/groups following the ouster of the group’s главный амир (main amir is the best way I can translate it) in Turkey, Abdul Aziz Kabardinets/ KBK. Continue reading Imarat Kavkaz in Syria splits more after Abdul Aziz KBK ouster

1st Imarat Kavkaz Amir in Syria Fought Alongside Gelayev In Chechnya, Died Fighting Alongside Ahrar

Trusted sources who knew Rustam Gelayev, the son of Chechen commander Ruslan Gelayev, well (and who were also acquainted with Ruslan), have confirmed that Rustam was killed in Syria in August 2012 and have given more details about the early days of the North Caucasian involvement in the Syrian civil war, which show that Imarat Kavkaz was involved in the conflict, in a sense, from very early on. It also gives clues to the struggles within IK, including between its Chechen and Kabardinian elements. Continue reading 1st Imarat Kavkaz Amir in Syria Fought Alongside Gelayev In Chechnya, Died Fighting Alongside Ahrar