Archive for the ‘Chechnya’ Category

In the previous two parts of this short series (here and here), we saw that the Jordanian radical ideologue Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi and his website, Minbar al-Tawhid wa-l-Jihad, have been closely involved in efforts to support the mujahidun in the Caucasus by offering advice, translating books into Russian and encouraging and praising their efforts. We […]

In part 1 of this short series of posts, we saw that the Minbar al-Tawhid wa-l-Jihad website published a communique by the leader of the Islamic Emirate in the Caucasus, Dokku ‘Umarov, claiming responsibility for the attacks in Moscow on 29 March 2010. This was slightly odd since the Minbar mostly publishes books, articles and […]

Although I’m awfully late in paying attention to it, there is an interesting dimension to the Moscow metro attacks that occurred just over a month ago that is relevant for jihad watchers but has not been dealt with in the media or blogs as far as I know. While attention has obviously focused on the […]

It has been a good week for jihadi magazine buffs. There are new issues of Qadaya Jihadiyya and Tala‘i Khurasan, as well as two brand new magazines, Sawt al-Qawqaliz (sic) and Markaz Ansar al-I‘lam. The newcomers are not particularly impressive and I do not expect them to last long in the fiercely competitive world of […]

New Ingush State Website

Posted: 13th November 2008 by Will McCants in Chechnya

Telnik reports that the Jihadis in Ingushetia have set up a website,, to serve as an information hub for their activities.  Although not as slick as its parent site,, it has the same function.  According to Telnik, if the new site remains online and serves its purpose, it will indicate that the Jihadis […]

Amir Hussein’s Message: Mujahidin are Unified

Posted: 27th August 2008 by Will McCants in Chechnya, North Caucasus

[Mike Honcho]  Today Kavkaz Center released portions of a transcript from a June 12, 2008 video by the commander of the Shali Sector of the Caucasus Emirate Eastern Front, Amir Hussein (Hussein Gakaev). Hussein is a Chechen with considerable fighting credentials, and his family has a long history of involvement in the resistance movement. During […]

[Mike Honcho] This past week, the editorial board of the Caucasus Emirate asked the Chief of their Information and Analytical Service, Movladi Udugov to comment on the events in Georgia and the resulting challenges in relations between Russia and the West, as well as thoughts on the conflict from the leadership of the Emirate. Udugov […]

Dream Promotion

Posted: 12th May 2008 by Will McCants in Chechnya, Dreams
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Ekhlaas member Jibal Afghanistan (“Mountains of Afghanistan”) writes about a dream he had recently about two leaders of the Arab Jihadis in Chechnya, Muhannad and Abu al-Walid al-Ghamidi. Here’s a translation: This is what I saw today in a dream about Muhannad, Abu al-Walid al-Ghamidi, and Ekhlaas. I performed the midday prayer. Then I prayed […]