So this isn’t new news & I’ve been sitting on it for a few months for various reasons but it seems that I might as well post it now. Various sources report that Imarat Kavkaz v Shame (IKvS) has basically split into small factions/groups following the ouster of the group’s главный амир (main amir is the best way I can translate it) in Turkey, Abdul Aziz Kabardinets/ KBK. Continue reading Imarat Kavkaz in Syria splits more after Abdul Aziz KBK ouster
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.
This is a current Imarat Kavkaz in Syria daily plan for military bases (though not during Ramadan). Continue reading Imarat Kavkaz in Syria Military Base Day Planner
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 (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
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
The new official page of the Caucasus Emirate in Syria (Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar) published this photo of their “first base” in Anadan, Aleppo. Continue reading Photo: Caucasus Emirate Base In Aleppo
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
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
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