I love maps. So here are some showing the locations of some operations carried out by the Taliban-aligned Uzbek group Imom al-Bukhoriy Katibasi in Uzbek-majority areas in northwestern Afghanistan since August 2017. Imom al-Bukhoriy Katibasi is an Uzbek jamaat with a presence in both Syria and northwestern Afghanistan. I’ve written a far more detailed piece about them for Jane’s with some info from sources close to the group. But I wanted to post some brief notes and some maps here. The group is led in Syria by amir Abu Yusuf Muhojir, selected after the group’s previous amir, Sheikh Salakhuddin al-Uzbeki, was shot dead in Idlib province by a pro-IS media activist (who has since, I believe, been killed — sources say that Sheikh Salakhuddin’s wife was allowed to kill him in order to enact revenge). Anyway, the Syria operations are shown here.
On September 23, US air strikes targeted Jabhat al-Nusra jihadis in Rif al-Muhandasin in Aleppo. The US said the strikes targeted the “Khorasan Group”, a secret Al Qaeda cell that planned attacks on Western targets.
Video and other reportage from pro-jihadi groups since May described the group and its leader Abu Yusuf al-Turki as running an elite sniper school for JAN fighters in Aleppo. Video footage of the school and the training, from May, are given below. In one propaganda video, the group is shown to use a logo depicting a wolf, and is referred to as the “Al Qaeda Snipers”. Continue reading Wolf or Khorasan: Who Was Jabhat al-Nusra’s Abu Yusuf al-Turki?
Kavkaz Center, a pro-jihad, anti-Russia site based in Chechnya, has published a claimed interview with the military leader of the Islamic Jihad Union, a group that began in Uzbekistan and also operates in Afghanistan. Continue reading Afghanistan: Islamic Jihad Union Leader – “Fighters Trained Here Benefit Syria”