Schlagwort-Archive: Dagestan

„I Kill Kafirs“ – Canadian Jihadist Killed In Dagestan

William Plotnikov came to Canada as a 15 year old son of a Russian immigrant from Siberia. He was a ambitious boxer, winning several fights in his teenage years. By 2008 Plotnikov became a Canadian citizen. The following year his interest in religion started to grow. William converted to Islam.

Within one year he had left Canada and went back to Russia. In the Dagestan region of the Caucasus he joined Islamist rebels and became a Mujahid. He fought against Russian troops. In July William Plotnikov was killed by Russian special forces during a gun-battle in Dagestan. He was 23 years old.

Read the story of a Canadian convert to Islam who fought and died fighting in the Caucasian Jihad. National Post´s Stewart Bell wrote this great article.

The Canadian who converted to jihad: Boxer turned militant killed in Dagestan 

Fitnah in the Caucasus


Colleague Aaron Zelin wrote a very interesting article for „The Atlantic“ on the latest developments within the Caucasian Jihadi Movement of the „Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus“. Just as it seemed a new surge in violence in Chechnya, Ossetia, Dagestan and other places of the Caucasus is about to drive the region into the next war, the Islamist rebel movements officially led by Dokku Umarov, is facing internal fighting over the leadership question.

Umarov´s leadership is threatened by opponents working as the regional or Wilayat commanders of the „Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus“. Some of those regional Jihadi leaders refused to swear the ba´yat (oath) to a new leader shortly after Dokku Umarov himself declared he would resign as the Emir of the Islamic Emirate of the Caucsus back in July. Successors started to fight on who is about to lead the Jihad against the regional Pro-Russian forces – the movement since then is shaken by lack of unity.

Read more about this fitnah in the Caucasian Jihadi Movement in Aaron´s piece „Jihadists in Crisis“ here.