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Syria: What’s The Significance Of Joint Ops Between Sayfullakh’s Jamaat, Jaish al-Muhajireen, & Islamic Front?

As noted here, Sayfullakh Shishani’s jamaat in Jabhat al-Nusra has taken part in joint operations this week with Chechen-led Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar, as well as the Islamic Front and Ahrar a-Sham, to battle Syrian forces in Balleramoun on the outskirts of Aleppo city, just south of Kafr Hamra. There is another account here (in Russian).…

Syria: Site Close To Abu Umar al-Shishani “Today They Want to Get Rid of ISIS, Tomorrow Other Mujahideen”

FiSyria — the Russian-language website close to the Chechen Emir of ISIS, Abu Umar al-Shishani — has broken days of silence with a lengthy post on the week-long fight between the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham and other insurgent groups. See A Russian-Speaking Jihadi On Fighting Between ISIS & Insurgents – “The Jihad Continues,…

Syria: Where In The World Is Abu Umar al-Shishani?

The recent fighting between the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS) and various insurgent groups — including the Free Syria Army, the Islamic Front and other local brigades — raises questions about the organization and effectiveness of ISIS. For months, many in the media have upheld ISIS as a well-organized force taking over the…

Syria: Chechen Fighter In Aleppo – “North Caucasus Women Shouldn’t Come Here To Marry Jihadis”

Abdul-Khalim Shishani, a prominent Chechen jihadi in Aleppo and an associate of Seyfullakh Shishani, whose jamaat Khilafatul Islamia recently joined Jabhat al-Nusra, has issued a statement calling on women from the North Caucasus to stop traveling to Syria alone to make Hijra (emigration) and wage jihad. The address, in part, is a dig at Seyfullakh’s…