Suleiman Zailanabidov (in the centre). Screenshot from the video posted by Suleiman Amir, www.youtube.com.

27 November 2014, 17:50

In Dagestan, one of Amirs of Aukh militants swears to leader of "Islamic State"

Suleiman Zailanabidov, one of the commanders of Aukh militants, acting in the territory of the Khasavyurt District of Dagestan, after being accused by his supporters of splitting, sworn to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the "Islamic State" (earlier the ISIS), located in Syria and Iraq. Zailanabidov himself told about it in a video posted on the Internet.

The video was posted on the YouTube on November 21.

Various sources, including the Russian FSB, have confirmed that militants from Russia are fighting for the "Islamic State", says the document prepared by the "Caucasian Knot": "Caucasians in the ranks of IS (ISIL)".

A month before that, as reported by the "Caucasian Knot", the leader of the underground of Khasavyurt announced Zailanabidov as wanted in the territory of Dagestan and Chechnya. The video that was posted on the YouTube on October 15 showed the commander of Khasavyurt militants accuses Zailanabidov of self-appointing himself to be Amir of Aukh militants, introducing "confusion" into the ranks of the underground, and did not obey his superiors, by ignoring their council (shura).

On October 21, 2014, some media reported with reference to the press service of the Kazakh National Security Committee (NSC) that a native of Chechnya, who was on the Russia's federal wanted list under the name of Suleiman Zailanabidov was detained in Almaty Airport upon arrival from Ukraine. Also, the report contained information that the extradition procedure to the Russian Federation was initiated in relation to Zailanabidov. Later, however, the NSC of Kazakhstan refuted the information about Zailanabidov's detention.

Let us note here that earlier supporters of "Imarat Kavkaz" made no public statements regarding the "Islamic State". The tactics, proclaimed on June 28, 2014, by the leader of "Imarat Kavkaz" Aliaskhab Kebekov – refusal from terror acts against the civilian population, a ban on women to commit suicide bombings and a call to use them in armed actions – is significantly different from the tactics of the IS.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

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