Imarat Kavkaz fighter Askhat Koybaev (alias Usama KBK) has been reported killed fighting in the HTS-led offensive at Abu Dali village in Hama province. Koybaev was a member of the “Dagestani Imarat Kavkaz” i.e. the group led by Salakhuddin Gimrinsky (there is another, rebel, Imarat Kavkaz). This is a small group that is fighting alongside Jaish Muhajireen wal-Ansar* (part of HTS, and which now once again also contains some former IK fighters). Continue reading Imarat Kavkaz fighter Askhat Koybaev killed in Abu Dali, Hama
Video footage shows a group of Syrian insurgents from Hama and Aleppo pledging allegiance to Salahuddin Shishani, leader of Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar. Continue reading Syrian Insurgents Pledge Allegiance To Chechen-led Group
A field hospital doctor speaks in English about the symptoms he has seen in victims of more reported chemical attacks on Kafr Zita in Hama Province on April 18, likely with chlorine. Continue reading Syria: Kafr Zita Doctor Explains Chemical Attack Symptoms In English
A Chechen fighter with Sayfullakh Shishani’s jamaat in the northern Aleppo suburbs has written about a recent road trip to Hama and to other towns, describing the scenes of destruction in northern Syria as “like a zombie movie”. Continue reading Syria 1st Hand: “It’s Like A Zombie Movie,” Says Chechen Fighter
An ISIS propaganda video showing the faction’s military emir Umar Shishani and others planning a large operation in Hama has surfaced.
Umar appears in the first part of the video, planning an “amalia” or action in Hama, involving “1,000 fighters”.
I will translate Umar’s speech at the start soon.