Russia Spotlight: Chechen Leader Fires Civil Servant Whose Daughter Fights In Syria

The head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, has fired the director of Chechnya’s Federal Migration Service, Asu Dudurkaev, accusing him of having a daughter in Syria with connections to “Wahhabist” insurgents. Kadyrov made the announcement on his Instagram page, which the Chechen leader uses to make communications about various policy and governmental matters. The…

Syria Spotlight: Some North Caucasian Militants Swear Allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Chechnya-based pro-jihad website FiSyria reports on Thursday that members of Islamist faction, Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar have sworn allegiance to Abu Bakr al–Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham. According to FiSyria, Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar fighters who are from the North Caucasus region have not sworn allegiance to al-Baghdadi, because they have…

Syria In-Depth: Chechen Leader In Aleppo Talks About Islamic State of Iraq’s Expulsion of “Warlord” Hayani

FiSyria, a Russian-language pro-jihad website that reports on Islamist factions in Syria — particularly where Russian-speaking fighters are involved — has posted an interview with Abdul Khalim al-Shishani, a representative of the Islamic State of Iraq and as-Sham’s Sharia Committee in Aleppo. Al-Shishani describes ISIS’s recent expulsion of a local “warlord”, Khalid Hayani, the leader…