Schlagwort-Archive: Islamic Emirate Caucasus

Arab Jihad Commander Killed in Chechnya

by Florian Flade


Commander Muhannad aka „Abu Anas“

Russia´s National Anti-Terrorist Committee released a statement today saying special forces killed a Saudi al-Qaida terrorist in a raid on Thursday near the Chechen village of Serzhen-Yurt. Authorities claim the killed terrorist – known as Commander Muhannad – was a member of the Caucasus Jihadi leadership and worked as al-Qaida´s emissary to the Chechen rebels.

Meanwhile the „Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus“, the most famous rebel group operating in the North Caucasus, has confirmed the death of Commander Muhannad, praising him as an „Arab volunteer“. Allegedly Muhannad also known as „Abu Anas“ was killed alongside a Ingush national in a firefight with security forcesin Serzhen-Yurt near the village of Avtury.

Commander Muhannad came to Chechnya in 1999 and was one of those foreign fighters trained under the leadership of Emir Khattab. Prior to his time in the Caucasus, the Saudi militant had spent time in Afghanistan, Bosnio, Kosovo and the Philippines, fighting Jihad. In the Caucasus, he was one of several Arab fighters serving first under Emir Khattab, later under his sucsessors Abu Walid and Abu Hafs. Muhannad became Deputy Military leader of the Islamic Emirate in the Causasus in 2007.

To label him a al-Qaida associate because of his Arab origin might be exaggeration. He was one of the last Arab Jihadis fighting against the Russian state and its allies in the Caucasus.

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„War is war“ – Dokku Umarov´s Message to Putin

by Florian Flade


„Everybody should know – war is war, and wars have their own methods, be they good or bad“

– Russia´s most-wanted man, Caucasian Jihadi leader Dokku Umarov couldn´t be more precise in his latest description of the terror campaign he announced against the Russian state.

In a new video released earlier this month, Dokku Umarov warns of more attacks against Russian targets. So do not forget, „dear“ Putin’s stooges, and Putin, that you are at war with the Muslims of Caucasus!“, Umarov says in the tape showing him wearing his camouflage uniform, „God willing, such operations will be carried out further…no matter what atrocities and crimes you commit against the civilian population, against our brothers and sisters, we will deliver you such strikes that you will be unhappy of them!“

Umarov also highlights an interesting fact about suicide bombing at Moscow´s Domodedovo Aiport on January 24 in which 35 people were killed. The suicide bomber named „Sayfullah“ was sent by the „Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus“, a group headed by Umarov. A video claim of responsibility showing the bomber giving his martyrdom statement was released two weeks after the bloody attack. It was then followed by a second video showing Umarov directly mentioning the Airport attack.

„He insisted on making the film even though I asked him not to show his face“, the Chechen terrorist leader tells, „I kept this video as long as the infidels didn’t establish the identity of our brother Sayfullah, and only after that, knowing their treachery, knowing their lawlessness, knowing how much sufferings they will bring to his family -only then I published this video, when I was definitely convinced that they know our brother.“

Eventually security forces in the Northern Caucasus arrested the sister and a brother of the suicide bomber.

If Umarov´s words of terror threats will be followed by real action is to be questioned. Local security forces have stepped up counter-terrorism measures in the Northern Caucasus recently, sweeping through villages and arrested scores of potential terror supporters.

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.