Tag Archives: Aleppo

Tarkhan’s Jamaat Renames Itself Katibat Ibad Ar-Rahman

The Chechen-led group Tarkhan’s Jamaat (Джамаат Тархана) — which is, of course, the Jamaat of Chechen amir Tarkhan Gaziyev — has renamed itself this week to Katibat Ibad ar-Rahman. Continue reading Tarkhan’s Jamaat Renames Itself Katibat Ibad Ar-Rahman

1st Imarat Kavkaz Amir in Syria Fought Alongside Gelayev In Chechnya, Died Fighting Alongside Ahrar

Trusted sources who knew Rustam Gelayev, the son of Chechen commander Ruslan Gelayev, well (and who were also acquainted with Ruslan), have confirmed that Rustam was killed in Syria in August 2012 and have given more details about the early days of the North Caucasian involvement in the Syrian civil war, which show that Imarat Kavkaz was involved in the conflict, in a sense, from very early on. It also gives clues to the struggles within IK, including between its Chechen and Kabardinian elements. Continue reading 1st Imarat Kavkaz Amir in Syria Fought Alongside Gelayev In Chechnya, Died Fighting Alongside Ahrar

North Caucasian Fighters: Umar Shishani Was Brave, Honest & Talented Even If He Made Mistakes

North Caucasian fighters in Syria have commented on social media about Umar Shishani, with interesting reactions to comments by other fighters that Umar was not a good military commander. While the debate over Umar has been incredibly polarized, with anti-IS North Caucasians slamming him and IS mythologizing him (and reports in the Western press doing the same, more on that below), here we have some context from North Caucasians who experienced the conflict first hand. I have translated the comments below. Continue reading North Caucasian Fighters: Umar Shishani Was Brave, Honest & Talented Even If He Made Mistakes

Arabic-speaking Katiba Guraba fighting under auspices of IK v Shame in south Aleppo

The Caucasus Emirate (Imarat Kavkaz, IK) website Kavkaz Center has published a video showing a small group of 16 militants holding the IK v Shame (IK in Syria) banner and claiming to be preparing to fight alongside Jund al-Aqsa and Jabhat al-Nusra in the southern countryside of Aleppo. Continue reading Arabic-speaking Katiba Guraba fighting under auspices of IK v Shame in south Aleppo

Caucasus Emirate In Syria’s Military Emir Killed, Fought Alongside Amir Rabbani In Dagestan

The Caucasus Emirate in Syria (IKvS) announced on October 21 that its military amir, Uvays ad-Dagestani (Увайс ад Дагестани), aka Echedinskiy (Эчединский), meaning an individual from the Tsumadinsky District in Dagestan, was killed that day fighting against Syrian government forces south of Aleppo city. Continue reading Caucasus Emirate In Syria’s Military Emir Killed, Fought Alongside Amir Rabbani In Dagestan

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

Imarat Kavkaz V Shame Release New Video, Photo Of Salakhuddin

Imarat Kavkaz v Shame (The Caucasus Emirate in the Levant/Syria) has released a new video and two more photographs, one of which it claims is of its emir, Salakhuddin Shishani (it is hard to verify it as Salakhuddin has his head turned away from the camera). Continue reading Imarat Kavkaz V Shame Release New Video, Photo Of Salakhuddin

“Imarat Kavkaz In The Levant” Claims To Reemerge In Aleppo

Salakhuddin Shishani’s faction, Imarat Kavkaz v Shame (Imarat Kavkaz/Caucasus Emirate in the Levant) has reemerged in Aleppo province, reportedly fighting alongside Katibat Seyfullakha Shishani (part of Nusra) and — according to sources, though there is no official confirmation because communications are all over the place and everyone is propagandizing like crazy — JMA. Continue reading “Imarat Kavkaz In The Levant” Claims To Reemerge In Aleppo

More About The Crimean Jamaat & Abdul Karim Krymsky

Some more information and background on the Crimean Jamaat (Крымский Джамаат), which has some connection to the recent coup in Jaish al-Muhajireen wal Ansar (JMA) that saw its emir Salakhuddin and military emir Abdul Karim Krymsky deposed and replaced. Continue reading More About The Crimean Jamaat & Abdul Karim Krymsky