Tag Archives: Dagestan

‘IS’s Abu Waheeb Really Liked North Caucasians’ & Notes On Circassians & Shishanis

An Islamic State militant from Dagestan posted on social media about Abu Waheeb, the IS leader who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in May 2016, talking about how he really loved North Caucasian fighters. Continue reading ‘IS’s Abu Waheeb Really Liked North Caucasians’ & Notes On Circassians & Shishanis

Umar Shishani’s Man Who Fought At Menagh, Then Was Killed In Dagestan

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

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

‘IS Wants Cannon Fodder, Not Specialists,’ Says A Dagestani Militant

A long “witness statement” purported to be from a Dagestani militant who has “returned from IS” is making the rounds of pro-Caucasus Emirate (and thus anti-IS) social media. Continue reading ‘IS Wants Cannon Fodder, Not Specialists,’ Says A Dagestani Militant

Russia Just Killed A Syria Returnee in Dagestan Counter Terror Op

Security forces in Dagestan have killed a militant who studied, trained and fought in Syria, according to pro-Caucasus Emirate social media posts and the Russian media, citing security sources. Continue reading Russia Just Killed A Syria Returnee in Dagestan Counter Terror Op

Dagestanis From Jabhat Al-Nusra Hit Back At IS

Earlier this week, I wrote a piece for RFE/RL about how Dagestanis from Jabhat al-Nusra’s Katiba Sayfullah (aka Sayfullakh Shishani’s jamaat, though I rarely hear it called that any more) have pushed back against increased recruitment and propaganda efforts by IS. Continue reading Dagestanis From Jabhat Al-Nusra Hit Back At IS

Caucasus Emirate Appoints Syria Returnee As Emir Of Mountainous Sector Of Dagestan

A militant who gained experience fighting in Syria has been appointed as the Emir of the Caucasus Emirate’s Mountainous Sector of Dagestan, according to the VD.AG website and pro-CE social media. Continue reading Caucasus Emirate Appoints Syria Returnee As Emir Of Mountainous Sector Of Dagestan

Why Dagestani Preacher Nadir Abu Khalid’s Joining IS Was A Coup For Abu Jihad

IS’s announcement of “Vilayat Kavkaz,” the Islamic State group’s “province” in the North Caucasus was in large part the result of the rise to power and political machinations of North Caucasian militants not in Chechnya or Dagestan, but in Iraq and Syria. Continue reading Why Dagestani Preacher Nadir Abu Khalid’s Joining IS Was A Coup For Abu Jihad

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