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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

Umar Shishani To Kebekov: “I Didn’t Have Bay’ah To Umarov When I Came To Syria”

Almost three hours of video footage from 2014 featuring Umar Shishani, IS’s military commander, and his close confidante Abu Jihad has come to light, in which Umar addresses the then-emir of the Caucasus Emirate, Kebekov, and says he did not have a bay’ah to Dokku Umarov when he came to Syria in the autumn of 2012. Continue reading Umar Shishani To Kebekov: “I Didn’t Have Bay’ah To Umarov When I Came To Syria”

Abdul-Hakim Shishani, Emir of Ajnad al-Kavkaz, Linked To Khattab

Veteran Chechen militant Abdul Hakim Shishani, the emir of the Latakia-based Ajnad al-Kavkaz (AK) faction (formerly known as the Khalifat Battalion or Khalifat Jamaat) has been linked to a member of a Chechen militant group who fought alongside Emir Khattab, the Saudi foreign fighter who fought in the first and second Chechen wars. Continue reading Abdul-Hakim Shishani, Emir of Ajnad al-Kavkaz, Linked To Khattab

JMA Emir Salakhuddin Shishani: ‘We Wanted To Go To Chechnya But Found Ourselves In Syria’

Turkish pro-jihadi website Ummet-i Islam has published an interview with the Emir of Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (JMA), Salakhuddin Shishani. Continue reading JMA Emir Salakhuddin Shishani: ‘We Wanted To Go To Chechnya But Found Ourselves In Syria’

In June Message, Maqdisi Praises Caucasus Mujahideen in Syria

A Russian-subtitled video message from Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi to the Caucasus Emirate is circulating on Russian-speaking pro-Caucasus Emirate sites, starting on August 5. Continue reading In June Message, Maqdisi Praises Caucasus Mujahideen in Syria

How Chechen Alliances With Islamic Front Broaden Rift With Umar Shishani

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

Significance of Umar Shishani’s Condolences On Death of Dokku Umarov

The Chechen military emir of the Islamic State of Iraq and as-Sham, Umar Shishani, has given a video address to express his condolences at the death of the leader of the Caucasus Emirate (Imarat Kavkaz), Dokku Umarov. Let’s examine why it is significant. Continue reading Significance of Umar Shishani’s Condolences On Death of Dokku Umarov

Jaish al-Muhajireen wal Ansar Has Small Core North Caucasian Group

A new video posted by Chechen-led faction Jaish al-Muhajireen wal Ansar (JMA) shows that the group has a small, North Caucasian core that is loyal to North Caucasian jihadi faction Imarat Kavkaz (the Caucasus Emirate). Continue reading Jaish al-Muhajireen wal Ansar Has Small Core North Caucasian Group

New Caucasus Emirate Emir Kebekov: Jihad In North Caucasus Priority Over Syria

The new emir of the Caucasus Emirate, Ali Abu-Muhammad (Aliaskhab Kebekov), believes that jihad in the North Caucasus is a greater priority than jihad in Syria, except in cases where North Caucasian jihadis cannot get to the North Caucasus.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>1. Kebekov thinks jihad in the North Caucasus is priority over Syria for the North Caucasians unless: <a href=”https://twitter.com/search?q=%23North_Caucasus&amp;src=hash”>#North_Caucasus</a></p>&mdash; Murad Batal Shishani (@muradbatal) <a href=”https://twitter.com/muradbatal/statuses/446007822653063168″>March 18, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>2. They can’t join ICE &amp; want to go Syria for training and learn skills. <a href=”https://twitter.com/search?q=%23North_Caucasus&amp;src=hash”>#North_Caucasus</a></p>&mdash; Murad Batal Shishani (@muradbatal) <a href=”https://twitter.com/muradbatal/statuses/446007913392644098″>March 18, 2014</a></blockquote>
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On jihadi ideology:

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>5. Kebekov considers (among others) al-Maqdisi, Abu Qatada and Elwan as trusted scholars <a href=”https://twitter.com/search?q=%23North_Caucasus&amp;src=hash”>#North_Caucasus</a> end!</p>&mdash; Murad Batal Shishani (@muradbatal) <a href=”https://twitter.com/muradbatal/statuses/446008266448207872″>March 18, 2014</a></blockquote>
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North Caucasus news site Kavkazskii Uzel has published a biography of Kebekov:

Born on January 1, 1972  in the village of Teletl in the then-Dagestan Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, now the Shamil district of Dagestan ).

He is an Avar by nationality.

He served in the Caucasus Emirate with the rank of Qadi  (judge of the Supreme Sharia Court) in the “Vileyat Dagestan, then held the same position for the whole organization. Included in Russia’s list of  terrorists and extremists .

In April 2012, a decision of the Soviet District Court of the Republic of Dagestan in Makhachkala recognized as extremist a statement by Kebekova  posted on the Internet on the Gurabo website. In his speech,  Kebekov urged the Republic’s population to wage jihad, to disobey the current government, and make armed resistance to it .

On April 26, 2012 A. Kebekov was wanted on charges of organizing or participating in illegal armed groups (Article 208 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

According to operational data, it was Aliaskhab Kebekov who ordered the murder of the most authoritative sheikh of the Republic Said-Afandi Chirkey.

On January 16, 2014 an audio was posted on YouTube with the voice of Ali Abu – Muhammad which talked of the death of the leader of the Caucasus Emirate, Doku Umarov , and that Abu Muhammad himself was offered to lead the Emirate. Kebekov offered himself for the post of leader of the organization of the brother of Aslambek (presumably this referred to Aslambek Vadalov ) .

On March 18, 2014 , it was reported that Ali Abu Muhammad was elected the new head of the organization by a decision of the organization’s provincial emirs. On the same day the leadership of the Caucasus Emirate officially announced the death of Umarov.

Syria: Did Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar Sign Agreement with Free Syrian Army’s Shuhada Badr?

UPDATE 0700 GMT: Jaish al-Muhajireen wal Ansar now appears to have retracted the cease-fire agreement with the Free Syrian Army’s Shuhadr Badr, in a statement circulating on social media.


The independent Chechen-led faction Jaish al-Muhajireen wal Ansar signed an agreement on Sunday ending hostilities with the Free Syrian Army faction Shuhada Badr in Hreitan in Aleppo Province.

The agreement was brokered by the faction Ahrar al-Sham.

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Under the terms of the agreement, the two sides agreed to end all hostilities, exchange prisoners, and support each other in the “jihad against the Assad regime”.

The agreement was signed by Abu Mohammad al-Ukraini (indicating a Ukrainian fighter) from JMA and Abd al-Halq from Shuhada Badr.

JMA is led by Salahuddin Shishani (pictured) who took over the faction in November after its previous leader, Umar Shishani, swore allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and as-Sham. Salahuddin and his fighters refused to join Umar because they had already sworn allegiance to Dokku Umarov of the Caucasus Emirate.