Tag Archives: Pankisi

‘I don’t want to go against Georgia, but don’t force me’ – Father of Pankisi teen seriously wounded in antiterror op

 

The family of 19-year-old Pankisi resident Temirlan Machalikashvili, who was shot in the head during an antiterrorism operation in Duisi and Omalo villages on 26 December, are requesting that be be transferred to a clinic in Berlin for treatment,  and have accused the Georgian Health Ministry of hiding information about the clinic, Sova reports on 9 January.

According to Sova, Machalikashvili’s father, Malkhaz Machalikashvili, claims the family have received consent from a German hospital to treat Temirlan, and have accused the Health Ministry of hiding information that the clinic is ready to admit him. Continue reading ‘I don’t want to go against Georgia, but don’t force me’ – Father of Pankisi teen seriously wounded in antiterror op

Photos of Salakhuddin Shishani & Akhmad Chatayev In Pankisi Before Lopota Gorge Incident

New photos have emerged of Salakhuddin Shishani (formerly Amir of JMA/Imarat Kavkaz in Syria and now Amir of Jaish Usro), and a Chechen named Naib   in the Pankisi Gorge in Georgia right before the 2012 Lopota Gorge Incident. There are also photos of Akhmad Chatayev with Naib in Pankisi at the same time. Chatayev was the senior representative of Imarat Kavkaz at the time. Continue reading Photos of Salakhuddin Shishani & Akhmad Chatayev In Pankisi Before Lopota Gorge Incident

Umar Margoshvili IS militant from Duisi in Pankisi killed in Iraq

In late June, a number of news reports in Russian and Georgian (I can’t read the latter) noted that a 39-year-old militant from Duisi in the Pankisi Gorge in Georgia had been killed “in Syria.” Some of the reports said that the militant had been in the “Yarmouk brigade” and had fought alongside Akhmad Chatayev. The first fact is almost certainly not true (he died in Iraq) and the second is flimsy and unverifiable, but let’s unpick it. Continue reading Umar Margoshvili IS militant from Duisi in Pankisi killed in Iraq

Via RFE/RL: Chechen Linked To Lopota Gorge Incident Heads IS Battalion In Syria

I wrote this piece for RFE/RL (read the full piece here) on February 25. Continue reading Via RFE/RL: Chechen Linked To Lopota Gorge Incident Heads IS Battalion In Syria

Muslim Shishani’s childhood friend: “Everyone was surprised when Murad didn’t go to university”

(UPDATED – see below) A Georgian news outlet has published an interview with a childhood friend of Muslim Shishani (Murad Margoshvili), the Emir of the Latakia-based jamaat Junud a-Sham. Continue reading Muslim Shishani’s childhood friend: “Everyone was surprised when Murad didn’t go to university”