Jihadi Poetry: ‘The Mujahideen Of The Caucasus Are Strong!’

As I have mentioned before and elsewhere, I am interested in Russian-language jihadi poetry and writing. I am collecting poems as well as the writings of fighters themselves, in order to write something more in depth about them. But in the meantime, here is a poem that I found recently… Continue reading Jihadi Poetry: ‘The Mujahideen Of The Caucasus Are Strong!’

Now It’s Official: JMA Has Joined Jabhat al-Nusra

After months of speculation — well, since June when the group split, and the Caucasus Emirate (IK) in Syria left — Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar has joined Jabhat al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria.

Before I translate the official announcement from White Minaret, Nusra’s Russian language media wing — which contains some FASCINATING information — here are a few points to bear in mind (based on questions I have been asked…):

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Uzbek-Led Katiba Sayfullah (Nusra) Involved In Abu Duhour Air Base Assault

The Uzbek-led battalion Katiba Sayfullah, which is part of Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra (JAN) has published a promotional video via its White Minaret media wing about its participation in the assault and capture of the Syrian government Abu Duhour Air Base in Idlib province. Continue reading Uzbek-Led Katiba Sayfullah (Nusra) Involved In Abu Duhour Air Base Assault

Ajnad Al-Kavkaz Deny Reports Syrian Army Killed Its Militants

Amid all the reports of the Russian military build up in Latakia, there have been rumors and reports in the Russian media relating to Chechen militants in Assad’s coastal stronghold province.

Chechen-led faction Ajnad al-Kavkaz have denied a report in Russia’s pro-Kremlin RIA Novosti that the Syrian Army has killed 19 of its militants. Continue reading Ajnad Al-Kavkaz Deny Reports Syrian Army Killed Its Militants

JMA Has (Another) New Emir, & He’s Saudi

Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (JMA), the formerly Chechen-led group based in Aleppo province, has elected yet another new emir, the second following the ouster of its former leader Salakhuddin Shishani in June. Continue reading JMA Has (Another) New Emir, & He’s Saudi

Salakhuddin Shishani Makes First Video Address Since Ouster From JMA

Salakhuddin Shishani, the emir (commander) of the Imarat Kavkaz v Shame (Caucasus Emirate in Syria) group has made his first video address since his ouster from Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar this summer. Continue reading Salakhuddin Shishani Makes First Video Address Since Ouster From JMA

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

Tracking Russian-speaking Foreign Fighters In Syria