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 the rift between North Caucasians in ISIS and other factions deepens, Chechen and other North Caucasian fighters in Syria openly criticize ISIS military emir Umar Shishani. Continue reading “He’s Been In ISIS So Long, He’s One Of Them” – Chechens Slam Umar Shishani
Chechens in the Islamic State of Iraq and as-Sham are circulating a written tale of a young man from the Caucasus who wages jihad in Syria, and who is “tempted” by the Caucasus Emirate. Continue reading “The Devil’s Tricks”: ISIS Chechens Slam Caucasus Emirate In “Jihadi Tale”
Over the past year and a half, a small number of cult figures have arisen among the Chechens fighting in Syria. The most prominent of these are ISIS military emir Umar Shishani, and his arch-rival Sayfullakh Shishani, killed in a failed raid on Aleppo Central Prison. Admiration for these cult figures is expressed in a number of ways, including “fan fiction”. Continue reading I Dream Of Umar: Jihadi Dreams & Cult Figures
ShamToday, a group on Russian social networking site VKontakte that is run by Russian-speaking, North Caucasians close to the Islamic State of Iraq and as-Sham and Umar Shishani, has written an opinion piece about why, in its view, Assad is not carrying out wide-scale military operations against ISIS: Continue reading ISIS Chechens: Fight Against ISIS Is Assad-Western-Zawahiri Conspiracy
FiSyria, the website run by Russian-speaking fighters in the Islamic State of Iraq and as-Sham close to Umar Shishani, have made a number of claims recently that the group is fighting regime forces. Why are Chechen/ North Caucasian fighters from ISIS making these claims now? Continue reading Syria: ISIS Attempts To Claim Legitimacy With Reports Of Operations Near Tiyarah, Aleppo
In a sign that the rift between Chechen factions in Syria is deepening, Chechen military leaders of the Islamic State of Iraq and as-Sham have used the death of Caucasus Emirate leader Dokku Umarov to make public criticisms of their rivals, Chechen-led group Jaish al-Muhajireen wal Ansar (JMA), and to turn to the new leader of the Caucasus Emirate with a vow to supply evidence of JMA’s wrongdoing. Continue reading How Chechen Alliances With Islamic Front Broaden Rift With Umar Shishani
There are reports that ISIS military emir Umar Shishani arrived last night in Markada, near Deir Ezzor, in response to clashes between ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra.
Continue reading Reports That Umar Shishani Has Arrived In Markada, Near Deir Ezzor
A small Chechen and Uzbek jamaat, known as Sabri’s jamaat after its former amir, has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and as-Sham and to Umar Shishani, its military amir.
ISIS has made two lengthy videos– one with Arabic subtitles and another without — documenting the pledge by the small, unknown Russian-speaking jamaat. So why does ISIS and Umar Shishani care so much? Continue reading Syria: Why ISIS Cares About Tiny North Caucasus Jamaat Pledge To Umar Shishani