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Umar Shishani’s Biographer Distances Him From Imarat Kavkaz Bayah

Just a few notes about something I found interesting in the recent biography of Umar Shishani that has been published in IS’s An Naba magazine, in the light of my recent post about the early days of the North Caucasian involvement in the Syrian conflict, and the ongoing attempts by Umar Shishani’s camp in IS (led by Abu Jihad) to deny that both Umar and Abu Jihad ever had a bayah (pledge of allegiance) to the Caucasus Emirate.

tl;dr: Abu Jihad throws shade at Imarat Kavkaz with the ultimate diss — pretending they never existed.

Continue reading Umar Shishani’s Biographer Distances Him From Imarat Kavkaz Bayah

Imagining Imarat Kavkaz: The Poetry Of Jihad In The North Caucasus

I have written several pieces about how North Caucasian militants in Syria have used poetry to express emotions and share ideas.

However, North Caucasian jihadi poetry did not emerge in Syria, nor are all of the poems shared by North Caucasian militants in Syria (and their supporters in the Russian Federation) new and/or written by those fighting in Syria. Continue reading Imagining Imarat Kavkaz: The Poetry Of Jihad In The North Caucasus

Imarat Kavkaz V Shame Release New Video, Photo Of Salakhuddin

Imarat Kavkaz v Shame (The Caucasus Emirate in the Levant/Syria) has released a new video and two more photographs, one of which it claims is of its emir, Salakhuddin Shishani (it is hard to verify it as Salakhuddin has his head turned away from the camera). Continue reading Imarat Kavkaz V Shame Release New Video, Photo Of Salakhuddin

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

Russia Arrests Alleged Jaish al-Muhajireen Fighter In Krasnodar

The Russian authorities earlier this month arrested a man they claimed is a “representative” of the Chechen-led jihadi group in Syria, Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar, ITAR-TASS reports.

The report reads:

An attempt by militants trained in the training camp of an international terrorist group to enter Russia has been foiled at Krasnodar Airport. Continue reading Russia Arrests Alleged Jaish al-Muhajireen Fighter In Krasnodar

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

Syria: Chechen Fighter In Jabhat al-Nusra Describes His First Battle With Islamic Front In Aleppo

A Chechen fighter in Jabhat al-Nusra has written a post describing his first battle against Syrian regime forces in Layramoun in Aleppo province.

The fighter, who identifies himself as Muslim Abdullaev (almost certainly a nom de guerre) is part of the jamaat of Sayfullakh Shishani, the Chechen amir who died during a failed attempt to storm the Aleppo Central Prison last month. Continue reading Syria: Chechen Fighter In Jabhat al-Nusra Describes His First Battle With Islamic Front In Aleppo

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.