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DESCRIPTION: Interactive map of the militant regions of the North Caucasus region in southern Russia ( - used in Lauren’s book if allowed if not then ). There will should be an icon to click on outlining the whole emirate (see i.e. the entire region, as well as each Republic (Dagestan, Chechnya, Ingushetia, North Ossetia, Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay Chekessia) having an icon to name and describe each Republic’s “Vilayet” (province or administrative region for the CE) and Emir (leader) who are listed below, to open/pop-up and provide a picture with bullet points about the leader. Please include Sochi as a location on the map:,+Region+of+Krasnodar,+Russia&gl=us&ei=ftG_TeDmKNOXtwfNjpzCBQ&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CCoQ8gEwAA.


Emir: Military commander or local chief

Sector: Areas of military / insurgent / terrorist activity

Jamaat: Assembly - in the case of CE, of fighters – Jamaats in the CE vary drastically in size, from a few men to a few hundred men in some cases

HEADER: CENTRAL LEADERSHIP (on icon for the entire/whole N. Caucasus) – As of January 2011

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Header Text: Emir of the Caucasus Emirate – Dokku Umarov


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  • Fought in both Chechen wars, considered a very experienced leader

  • Served as security minister for Chechnya during short-term de facto independence 1996-1999

  • Born in 1964, Umarov has six known children with a wife who was reportedly killed on March 28 in an air raid in a village in Ingushetia

  • Following the Russian takeover of Chechnya, Umarov rose through the ranks from commander of the Chechen resistance to commander of the “South-Western Front” in 2002

  • Umarov was considered an important factor in the June 2004 Chechen incursion into Ingushetia, and was alleged to have led the Beslan school siege in September of that same year

  • Umarov took over Chechen resistance after the death of Khalim Saydullayev, who was attempting to unite Islamic resistance to Russian rule in the North Caucasus, in 2006

  • Umarov declared himself the Emir of the Caucasus Emirate in Oct. 2007, laying claim to not only Chechnya, but also Dagestan, Ingushetia, Kabardino- Balkaria, and Karachay-Cherkessia with alleged Jamaats, or assemblies, operating in the Nogai Steppe and in Adegaya as well

  • Umarov is held responsible for planning the high profile attacks at the Moscow Domoredovo Airport in January, 2011, as well as the March 2010 Moscow Metro suicide bomings and the November 2009 Saint Petersburg train bombing

  • Umarov has survived several assassination attempts – the most recent being on May 28, 2011 in Dagestan when Russian jets pounded locations thought to house CE members killing Umarov’s wife, personal physician and key leaders of the CE, including his deputy, Supyan Abdulaev. Umarov reportedly called Radio Free Liberty on April 7, 2011 to confirm he was alive.

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Header text: Deputy Emir of the Caucasus Emirate, Abu Supyan Abdulaev (killed March 28, 2011 in Ingushetia) – replacement unknown

Image: emir-supyan.jpgSOURCE

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  • Joined the Chechen resistance on Nov. 26, 1994 in the battle of Grozny – fought in the second Chechen war and post-war resistance

  • Supyan was known for his teaching skills and trained hundreds of Chechen and other Mujahadeen fighters

  • Supyan was widely respected and his nickname in both Chechnya and Ingushetia was dada, or father

  • Supyan was a key figure in diffusing the August 2010 split between the ranks over the apparent resignation, and denial of resignation, by Dokku Umarov

  • It remains to be seen if the Caucasus Emirate will not further splinter with the death of Abdulaev

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Header text: Advisor to the Emir - Isa Umarov – reportedly killed – no named replacement


Body text: Doku Umarov’s brother and close confidant.

Pop-up 4 (Whole N. Caucasus)


Header: Instrumental figure in creating the CE: Shamil Basaev


Body Text:

  • Vice President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria - proponent of pan-Caucasus fight against Russia and a pan-Caucasus Islamic state

  • Key player in the 1999 Dagestan invasion, the Moscow theatre crisis in 2002 and the siege of Beslan in 2004

  • Killed on July 10, 2010

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Header: Instrumental figure in the creation of the CE: Sheikh Abdul-Khalim Saydullayev (on left in photo)


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  • Served as a religious leader and propagandist in the Second Chechen war

  • Replaced Shamil Basayev – like Basaev, he believed in a pan-Caucasus Islamic resistance and state

  • Killed June 17, 2006

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Independent Nokhchicho (Chechnya) Vilaiyat - Emir Hussein Gakaev

Image: SOURCE (man in center)

Body Text:

  • Gakaev fought in both Chechen wars

  • Served as Minister of Internal Affairs in the “Chechen Republic of Ichkeria”

  • Served as Ministry of the Interior of the Province of Nokhchicho of the Caucasus Emirate

  • Broke with CE Emir Umarov and others (below) after video of Umarov appeared in which Umarov named Aslanbek Vadalov as his replacement – and reneging the decision a day later

  • It is believed that the split revolves around the allocation of funding for the various Vilaiyats

  • INV Naib is Tarkhan Gaziev, and the organization is organized into at least two fronts, each with an Emire, and at least a total of six sectors, each with an Emir

  • Chechnya Vilayat – note there was a split between Chechen leadership in August 2010 and sworn loyalties, or bayats to Umarov, are sketchy in some sectors, leaving Chechnya with two rival Vilaiyat groups and leaders

  • It is assumed that outside of the declared Independent Nokchicho (Chechnya) Vilaiyat, the rest of the groups are loyal to Umarov in Chechnya still. A Nokhchicho Vilaiyat Emir has not been named yet, so Doku Umarov is considered to be in control of the non-INV Jamaats

  • At least 17 military sectors, each sector with own Emir, and multiple Jamaats, are still loyal to Umarov in Chechnya.

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Header Text: Riyadus Salikhin Martyrs’ Brigade (RSMB) – Amir ‘Khamzat’ Aslan Byutukaev – killed in Verkhinii Akhul, Ingushetia on March 28.


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  • Group founded by Shamil Basaev in October 1999 under the name of Riyadus Salihiin Reconnaissance and Sabotage Battalion of Chechen Martyrs

  • Took part in numerous attacks, including the 2002 truck bombing of Chechnya’s government building, the 2002 theatre siege in Moscow, the 2003 FSB headquarters bombing in Grozny, the 2004 string of female suicide bombings, the 2004 Beslan school siege, and the multiple airplane bombings in 2004

  • Group was inactive after 2004 until Doku Umarov reconstituted the organization

  • Members planned and executed the suicide attack in the Domodedovo Airport on January 24, 2011, in Moscow

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Header Text: Dagestan Vilayat – Emir of the Dagestan Liberation Front Emir Hassan (Israpil Validzhanov)


Body Text:

  • Began training in Chechnya in 1998, took part in the Second Chechen war

  • Believed to have been a participant of dozens of attacks over the years

  • Killed on April 17, 2011 in Levashin district, Dagestan – no replacement named as of yet; sustained the increase of anti-Russian attacks during Emir Hassan’s leadership in Dagestan

  • Believed by Russian authorities to be connected to the Domodedovo Airport attack, as well as the failed New Year’s Eve 2010 suicide bombing plot which was to attack Moscow

  • Dagestan is now the most active Vilaiyat in the Caucasus

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Header Text: United Province of Kabardino-Balkaria-Karachai – Emir “Abdullah” Asker Dzhappuyev SOURCE

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  • United Kabardino-Balkar-Karachai (KBK) Vilaiyat - Emir “Abdullah” - Asker Jappuyev – killed on April 29, 2011 (both the provinces of Kabardino-Balkariya and Karachaevo-Cherkessiya are part of this)

  • Head of the Yarmuk Jamaat after the death of “Emir Seyfullah” Anzor Estimirov, before becoming Emir of the KBK Vilaiyat

  • Went into hiding after three members were killed on March 10, 2011 – group members believed the three who died were betrayed by someone within the group

  • Was killed in the village of Progress in with the following subordinates (nearly the entire leadership of the KBK), Emir of the North Eastern Sector Abdul Jabbar (Kazbek Tashu), Emir of the South Western Sector Zakaria (Ratmir Shameyev), Deputy Emir Abdul Jabbar

  • At least seven sectors with numerous Jamaats

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Header Text: Gyalgyaiche Vilaiyat (Ingushetia and Ossetia) – Emir Adam Ganishev (last reported Emir)


(Emir Magas)

Body Text:

  • Gyalgyaiche Vilaiyat (Ingushetia and Ossetia) Emir was last reported as Adam Ganishev – for whom there is no picture

  • The preceding Emir was Ilez Gardanov, killed on August 23, 2010, who was preceded by Emir Magas (Ali Taziyev)

  • Emir Magas was captured by Russian forces on June 9, 2010

  • The Gyalyaiche Vilaiyat contains at least three sectors and at least eight Jamaats of varying sizes

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