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Interview & Letter from Ajnad al-Kavkaz Amir Abdul Hakim Shishani

The Nohchicho website has undertaken and published an interview with Ajnad al-Kavkaz Amir Abdul Hakim Shishani; Abdul Hakim also wrote a letter published on the same website in support of a rally in Strasbourg by Chechens on the anniversary of the 23 February 1944 mass deportations by Stalin.

I’m writing an analysis of these and as I was reading them and thinking about them I just typed them out in translation on the fly as I find that’s a good way to get space to think. Continue reading Interview & Letter from Ajnad al-Kavkaz Amir Abdul Hakim Shishani

A (Very) Short Bio of Khamza Shishani, Military Amir of Ajnad al-Kavkaz

Ajnad al-Kavkaz, the Chechen-led militant group based in Latakia province, has posted some images and details about its military amir, Khamza Shishani, who like the group’s amir Abdul Hakim Shishani is a Chechen who fought in Chechnya before he came to Syria. Continue reading A (Very) Short Bio of Khamza Shishani, Military Amir of Ajnad al-Kavkaz

Ajnad Al-Kavkaz Don’t Have Bay’ah To Caucasus Emirate

Chechen Islamist battalion Ajnad al-Kavkaz have said they don’t have a bay’ah (oath of allegiance) to the Caucasus Emirate, or to anyone. Continue reading Ajnad Al-Kavkaz Don’t Have Bay’ah To Caucasus Emirate

Abdul Hakim Shishani Of Ajnad Kavkaz Photographed With A Pigeon

Abdul Hakim Shishani (Rustam Azhiyev), the Emir of the Latakia-based group Ajnad Kavkaz (formerly known as Khalifat Battalion) has been photographed holding a pigeon. Bear with me, because there is a (fairly) serious point to be made here. Continue reading Abdul Hakim Shishani Of Ajnad Kavkaz Photographed With A Pigeon

Abdul-Hakim Shishani, Emir of Ajnad al-Kavkaz, Linked To Khattab

Veteran Chechen militant Abdul Hakim Shishani, the emir of the Latakia-based Ajnad al-Kavkaz (AK) faction (formerly known as the Khalifat Battalion or Khalifat Jamaat) has been linked to a member of a Chechen militant group who fought alongside Emir Khattab, the Saudi foreign fighter who fought in the first and second Chechen wars. Continue reading Abdul-Hakim Shishani, Emir of Ajnad al-Kavkaz, Linked To Khattab

Ajnad Kavkaz Tell How Their Jamaat Helped ‘Liberate’ Idlib

The Chechen-led faction Ajnad al-Kavkaz (formerly the Khalifat Battalion) have published a “chronology of the battles of the jamaat Ajnadul Kavkaz [sometimes the group writes its name as Ajnadul Kavkaz, sometimes as Junud Kavkaz and sometimes as Alnad al-Kavkaz] for the town of Idlib” on the group’s site, Khliafa.org. Continue reading Ajnad Kavkaz Tell How Their Jamaat Helped ‘Liberate’ Idlib

UPDATE: Chechen Faction Ajnad Kavkaz Fights Alongside JAN In Idlib

UPDATE: After posting this on 30 March, I learned that Ajnad Kavkaz is the new name for the Khalifat Battalion, the Latakia-based Chechen faction led by Abdul Hakim Shishani. Rather than write a new post, I have updated below to reflect this new information.


Continue reading UPDATE: Chechen Faction Ajnad Kavkaz Fights Alongside JAN In Idlib

Chechen Faction Khalifat Jamaat Split From Ansar a-Sham in Latakia

The Chechen faction Khalifat jamaat has split from the predominantly Syrian faction Ansar a-Sham to form a separate unit, sources close to the group say. Continue reading Chechen Faction Khalifat Jamaat Split From Ansar a-Sham in Latakia