Category Archives: Caucasus

Russia Just Killed A Syria Returnee in Dagestan Counter Terror Op

Security forces in Dagestan have killed a militant who studied, trained and fought in Syria, according to pro-Caucasus Emirate social media posts and the Russian media, citing security sources. Continue reading Russia Just Killed A Syria Returnee in Dagestan Counter Terror Op

Abu Umar Tajik Of The Crimean Jamaat Imprisoned By JMA

Abu Umar Tajik, a militant with the Crimean Jamaat (a small group of fighters that appears to consist of Russian-speaking militants who broke away from Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar), has written an account of a dramatic incident between his group and a faction from JMA loyal to that group’s former Emir, the ethnic Kist Salakhuddin Shishani. Continue reading Abu Umar Tajik Of The Crimean Jamaat Imprisoned By JMA

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. Continue reading Why Dagestani Preacher Nadir Abu Khalid’s Joining IS Was A Coup For Abu Jihad

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. Continue reading Via Extremist Russia: The Future of the North Caucasus Insurgency

Video Of Emir Khamzat Of Vilayat Nokhchicho Talking About IS Emerges

The Russian jihadosphere is awash with a new video of Amir Khamzat of the Caucasus Emirate’s Vilayat Nokhchicho (Chechnya) and Mukhammad of the Vilayat Galgaycho (Ingushetia) in which the former addresses the now-dead Emir of the Caucasus Emirate regarding IS. Continue reading Video Of Emir Khamzat Of Vilayat Nokhchicho Talking About IS Emerges

Is The Caucasus Emirate Dead? Emir Khamzat of Vilayat Nokhchicho Swears Bay’ah To IS

If the recent disintegration of Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar’s leadership were not enough, social media is in uproar this morning after an audio message emerged of Emir Khamzat of the Caucasus Emirate’s Vilayat Nokhchicho (VN) swearing bay’ah to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Continue reading Is The Caucasus Emirate Dead? Emir Khamzat of Vilayat Nokhchicho Swears Bay’ah To IS

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 state of the group following the departure of its former Amir, Umar Shishani and his entourage in November-December 2013 for IS. Continue reading JMA Split After Losing Its North Caucasian Majority & Amid Weak Caucasus Emirate

Translation Of Judicial Decision Banishing Salakhuddin & Abdul Karim Krymsky

Below is a translation of the Sharia court judicial panel review (at least that is what I am calling it, there may be a better term) on JMA emir Salakhuddin Shishani and military emir Abdul Karim Krymsky. Continue reading Translation Of Judicial Decision Banishing Salakhuddin & Abdul Karim Krymsky

What Does Salakhuddin’s Ouster From JMA Mean For Caucasus Emirate In Syria?

A Facebook post on June 10 has confirmed that JMA emir Salakhuddin Shishani and military emir Abdul Karim Krymsky have been removed from their posts. Continue reading What Does Salakhuddin’s Ouster From JMA Mean For Caucasus Emirate In Syria?

In Their Own Words: North Caucasian Militants Talk About Grief

I recently wrote this piece for RFE/RL about how North Caucasian Islamic State militants deal with grief, and the contradiction between jihadist ideology and lived experience as reported by the militants themselves. Continue reading In Their Own Words: North Caucasian Militants Talk About Grief