Khalid Shishani, an ethnic Chechen militant fighting alongside Jabhat al-Nusra, has written a letter warning that the IS group is winning the propaganda war among Russian-speaking Muslims and calling on his fellow non-IS jihadis to step up their game to reach Muslims (by which he means pro-jihadi Muslims of course) in Russia and particularly in the North Caucasus. Continue reading Khalid Shishani: IS is Winning the Propaganda War in Chechnya
Militants from the Uzbek-led Liwa al-Muhajireen in Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra appear in a new video released on October 27, entitled ‘Sham Is The Graveyard Of The Occupiers.’ Continue reading Liwa Al-Muhajireen Appear In New Nusra Video: ‘Syria Is The Graveyard Of The Occupiers’
One of the speculations that arose* when Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar joined Jabhat al-Nusra was whether the group’s dwindling number of Russian-speakers, mostly North Caucasians, would join Katiba Sayfullah, the Uzbek-led group that has a dwindling number of Russian speakers.
And the answer is — Continue reading Katiba Sayfullah + JMA = Liwa Al-Muhajireen
An informed source has said that the Крымский Джамаат (Crimean Jamaat) has pledged allegiance to Nusra. I am leaving the headline as a question, though, because I have not been able to confirm it by asking the Crimean Jamaat themselves or seeing a statement from them. Continue reading UPDATE: Has The Crimean Jamaat Pledged Bay’ah To Nusra?
Because I am a completist I have translated the statement given by Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (JMA) on pledging allegiance to Jabhat al-Nusra. Continue reading JMA Statement On Pledging Bay’ah To Jabhat Al-Nusra
After months of speculation — well, since June when the group split, and the Caucasus Emirate (IK) in Syria left — Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar has joined Jabhat al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria.
Before I translate the official announcement from White Minaret, Nusra’s Russian language media wing — which contains some FASCINATING information — here are a few points to bear in mind (based on questions I have been asked…):
The Uzbek-led battalion Katiba Sayfullah, which is part of Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra (JAN) has published a promotional video via its White Minaret media wing about its participation in the assault and capture of the Syrian government Abu Duhour Air Base in Idlib province. Continue reading Uzbek-Led Katiba Sayfullah (Nusra) Involved In Abu Duhour Air Base Assault
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
Last week, a social media account linked to the Chechen-led Aleppo-based faction Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar posted something rather intriguing: a photograph of JMA emir Salakhuddin Shishani (Feyzulla Margoshvili) in a car, with a note to say that he was going to visit the emir of Ahrar as-Sham. Continue reading Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar Emir Visited IS In Raqqa To Ask For Truce
The Uzbek Imam Bukhari jamaat (Albuxoriy Katiyba) has published video footage of its fighting at Handarat, Aleppo. Continue reading Video: Uzbek Imam Bukhari Jamaat At Handarat