Ever since the first reports of Russian-speaking militants fighting in Syria emerged in the media, questions have been raised about the specter of “blowback” — i.e. what would happen if and when some of these militants returned home to wage “jihad” in the Russian Federation. Here is evidence of one militant who did return from Syria to Dagestan, where he was killed in a counter-terrorism operation and was suspected of preparing to commit terror attacks in that North Caucasus republic. Continue reading Umar Shishani’s Man Who Fought At Menagh, Then Was Killed In Dagestan
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!’
Ethnic Karachay IS ideologue Abu Jihad appears in a video in the Karachay language [*] alongside other Karachay-Balkar [*] speakers. Continue reading Abu Jihad Appears In Karachay-Balkar IS Recruitment Video
IS has chosen a Daghestani, Abu Muhammad Kadarsky (Rustam Asеlderov), as Emir of its newly declared Wilayat Qawqaz, according to IS media activist Murad Atajev. Continue reading Abu Muhammad Kadarsky (Rustam Asilderov) Chosen As Emir Of IS Wilayat Kavkaz
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
The Emir of the Chechen-led faction Ajnad al-Kavkaz, Abdul-Hakim Shishani has made a video address calling on North Caucasians to unite. Continue reading Abdul-Hakim Shishani Calls On North Caucasians To Unite
I thought it would be interesting to take another look at this interview published in August 2013 by Kavkaz Center (the mouthpiece of the Caucasus Emirate) translated an interview reveals the opinions of a Chechen fighter with Jaish al-Muhajireen wal- Ansar in Syria (then under the command of Umar Shishani, before his move to ISIS). Continue reading August 2013: JMA Fighter Slams FSA, Says Chechens Should Fight At Home, Not In Syria
Chechens in Syria loyal to the Caucasus Emirate have formally pledged allegiance to the new CE leader, Abu Mohammad, according to the pro-jihad, pro CE website Kavkaz Center.
Continue reading Syria: Caucasus Emirate In Syria Swear Oath To Abu Mohammad
Who are the rank-and-file Russian-speaking jihadis in Syria? We take a look at three fighters from Chechen-led faction Jaish al-Mujahireen wal Ansar. Continue reading Syria: A Portrait Of 3 Jaish al-Muhajireen Wal Ansar Fighters
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