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Khalid Shishani: IS is Winning the Propaganda War in Chechnya

Khalid Shishani, an ethnic Chechen militant fighting alongside Jabhat al-Nusra, has written a letter warning that the IS group is winning the propaganda war among Russian-speaking Muslims and calling on his fellow non-IS jihadis to step up their game to reach Muslims (by which he means pro-jihadi Muslims of course) in Russia and particularly in the North Caucasus. Continue reading Khalid Shishani: IS is Winning the Propaganda War in Chechnya

A More Detailed Biography Of Khamza Shishani of Ajnad al-Kavkaz

Ajnad al-Kavkaz have provided a longer biography of the group’s military commander (emir), Khamza Shishani which I have translated below. I wrote a short biography of Khamza here, taken from Ajnad’s previous postings on their social media. Continue reading A More Detailed Biography Of Khamza Shishani of Ajnad al-Kavkaz

Ajnad al-Kavkaz Amir Abdul Hakim Shishani Was Amir of Central Sector In Chechnya

Abdul Hakim Shishani, the leader of the Latakia-based predominantly Chechen jamaat Ajnad al-Kavkaz was the Amir of the IK Nokhchiycho Wilayah Central Sector*, sources close to the group have said. Continue reading Ajnad al-Kavkaz Amir Abdul Hakim Shishani Was Amir of Central Sector In Chechnya

Salakhuddin Shishani Swears Bay’ah to New CE Emir

Salakhuddin Shishani and a group of North Caucasian fighters loyal to the Caucasus Emirate (CE) have sworn bay’ah to the new CE emir Abu Usman Gimrinsky (Magomed Alievich Suleimanov). Continue reading Salakhuddin Shishani Swears Bay’ah to New CE Emir

IS Furat Media Publishes Video Of Caucasus Emirate Bay’ah To Baghdadi

IS’s North Caucasian contingent, via the Russian-language Furat media wing, have released a video entitled “the oaths of allegiance of the Emirs of Chechnya and Ingushetia.” The video is important, because it is in effect an “official” IS reaction to the bay’ah of Emir Khamzat (Aslan Byutukayev), the leader of the Caucasus Emirate’s Vilayat Nokhchicho). Continue reading IS Furat Media Publishes Video Of Caucasus Emirate Bay’ah To Baghdadi

Via Extremist Russia: The Future of the North Caucasus Insurgency

Extremist Russia (check out his blog on here and follow him on Twitter on @ExtremistRussia) is an expert on the Caucasus Emirate and has kindly allowed me to cross post his latest piece looking at the future of that group in the wake of recent events. Continue reading Via Extremist Russia: The Future of the North Caucasus Insurgency

Video Of Emir Khamzat Of Vilayat Nokhchicho Talking About IS Emerges

The Russian jihadosphere is awash with a new video of Amir Khamzat of the Caucasus Emirate’s Vilayat Nokhchicho (Chechnya) and Mukhammad of the Vilayat Galgaycho (Ingushetia) in which the former addresses the now-dead Emir of the Caucasus Emirate regarding IS. Continue reading Video Of Emir Khamzat Of Vilayat Nokhchicho Talking About IS Emerges

Is The Caucasus Emirate Dead? Emir Khamzat of Vilayat Nokhchicho Swears Bay’ah To IS

If the recent disintegration of Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar’s leadership were not enough, social media is in uproar this morning after an audio message emerged of Emir Khamzat of the Caucasus Emirate’s Vilayat Nokhchicho (VN) swearing bay’ah to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Continue reading Is The Caucasus Emirate Dead? Emir Khamzat of Vilayat Nokhchicho Swears Bay’ah To IS

JMA Split After Losing Its North Caucasian Majority & Amid Weak Caucasus Emirate

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