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
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
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
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
Almost three hours of video footage from 2014 featuring Umar Shishani, IS’s military commander, and his close confidante Abu Jihad has come to light, in which Umar addresses the then-emir of the Caucasus Emirate, Kebekov, and says he did not have a bay’ah to Dokku Umarov when he came to Syria in the autumn of 2012. Continue reading Umar Shishani To Kebekov: “I Didn’t Have Bay’ah To Umarov When I Came To Syria”
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.
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
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
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”
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