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  • Emir: Military commander or local chief

  • Jamaat: Literally assembly, but in the case of CE, jamaats are groups of fighters varying in number from a few to sometimes hundreds

  • Vilaiyat: Province

  • Nokchicho: Local name for Chechnya

  • Galgaiche: Local name for Ingushetia [I'd definitely add these three]

Central Leadership Section (right of screen)
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Header Text: Emir of the Caucasus Emirate -- Doku Umarov



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  • Fought in both Chechen wars and is considered an experienced leader

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

  • Born in 1964, has six known children with a wife who was reportedly killed March 28, 2011

  • After the Russian takeover of Chechnya, rose through the ranks from commander of the Chechen resistance to commander of the "South-Western Front" in 2002

  • Considered an important factor in the June 2004 Chechen incursion into Ingushetia and allegedly led the Beslan school siege in September of that same year

  • Took over Chechen resistance in 2006 after the death of Abdul-Khalim Sadulayev, who was attempting to unite Islamist resistance to Russian rule in the North Caucasus

  • Declared himself emir of the Caucasus Emirate in October 2007, laying claim not only to Chechnya, but also Dagestan, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia, with alleged jamaats operating in the Nogai Steppe and in Adygea

  • Current emir of Nokchicho Vilaiyat (literally Chechen province), the rival of Emir Hussein Gakayev's Independent Nokchicho Vilaiyat -- there was a split between the Chechen leadership in August 2010, and loyalties to Umarov are shaky in some sectors, leaving Chechnya with two rival vilaiyats: the one led by Umarov and the Independent Nokchicho (Chechnya) Vilaiyat led by Emir Hussein Gakayev [Going too deep; we lay this all out in part 3]

  • At least 17 military sectors, each with its own emir, and multiple jamaats are still loyal to Umarov in Chechnya; it is also assumed that most fighters outside of the declared Independent Nokchicho Vilaiyat are loyal to him

  • Held responsible by the Kremlin for planning the high-profile attack at Moscow's Domodedovo airport in January 2011 as well as the March 2010 Moscow Metro suicide bombings and the November 2009 St. Petersburg train bombing

  • Survived several assassination attempts, most recently in Dagestan on March 28, 2011, when Russian jets pounded locations thought to house CE members; the assault killed Umarov's wife, his personal physician and key leaders of the Caucasus Emirate, including his deputy, Abu Supyan Abdullayev (Umarov called RFE/RL on April 7 and confirmed that he was alive)

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Header Text: Deputy Emir of the Caucasus Emirate -- Abu Supyan Abdullayev


Replacement unknown

Image: http://www.kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2011/04/01/13990.shtml

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

  • Was known for his teaching skills and trained hundreds of Chechen and other mujahideen fighters

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

  • Key figure in defusing the August 2010 split in the ranks over the apparent resignation, and denial of resignation, by Umarov

  • Killed March 28, 2011, in Verkhniy Alkun, Ingushetia

  • Remains to be seen if the Caucasus Emirate will further splinter after Abdullayev's death

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Header Text: Key figure -- Shamil Basayev


Image: http://www.kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2006/07/10/4940.shtml

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  • Former vice president of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria

  • Chechen field commander in both Chechen wars

  • Proponent of pan-Caucasus fight against Russia and a pan-Caucasus Islamic state

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

  • Killed July 10, 2006, in Ingushetia

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Header Text: Caucasus Front leader Sheikh Abdul-Khalim Sadulayev


Image: http://www.kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2010/06/17/12229.shtml (left)

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

  • Succeeded Aslan Maskhadov as leader of the Chechen resistance

  • Announced the creation of the Caucasus Front in May 2005, the first linking of the Chechen resistance with anti-Russian and Islamist insurgents in neighboring republics

  • Killed June 17, 2006, in Argun, Chechnya

Map Section
MAP Pop-up 1: Dagestan

Header Text: Dagestan Vilaiyat

Image: http://www.kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2011/05/10/14278.shtml

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  • Led by Emir Salih (aka Ibragimkhalil Daudov)

    • Previously commander of the central sector of the Dagestani front

    • Appointed commander of the Dagestani front and emir of Dagestan by Umarov on May 10, 2011

    • Replaced Emir Hassan (aka Israpil Validzhanov)

    • Controls an estimated nine sectors and 23 jamaats in Dagestan

MAP Pop-up 2: Chechnya

Header Text: Independent Nokchicho Vilaiyat (INV)

Image: http://www.kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2010/07/19/12301.shtml (center)

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  • Split into at least two fronts and six sectors, each with its own emir

  • Led by Emir Hussein Gakayev

    • Fought in both Chechen wars

    • Served as minister of internal affairs in the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria in the inter-regnum and as minister of interior for the Caucasus Emirate province of Nokchicho

    • Split with Umarov and others after a video surfaced in which Umarov named Aslambek Vadalov as his successor (Umarov reneged on the decision a day later)

    • Other reports say the split with Umarov revolved around the allocation of funds for the various provinces

    • INV deputy emir is Tarkhan Gaziyev

MAP Pop-up 3: Ingushetia

Header Text: Galgaiche Vilaiyat

Image: None. Place a question mark and silhouette of a face.

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  • Galgaiche Vilaiyat (local name for Ingushetia province, though North Ossetia was part of it before Galgaiche Vilaiyat was recognized as a separate entity) contains an estimated three sectors with an estimated eight jamaats of various sizes; thought to operate in North Ossetia as well

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

  • Ilez Gardanov succeeded Emir Magas and was killed Aug. 23, 2010

  • Last reported emir was Adam Ganishev

MAP Pop-up 4: Kabardino-Balkaria/Karachay-Cherkessia (place icon on the border between the two)

Header Text: United Province of Kabardino-Balkaria-Karachay Vilaiyat (OVKBK)

Image: http://www.kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2011/04/30/14206.shtml

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  • Nearly entire leadership was killed April 29, 2011, including Emir Abdullah, Emir of the Northeastern Sector Abdul Jabbar (aka Kazbek Tashu), Emir of the Southwestern Sector Zakaria (aka Ratmir Shameyev) and Deputy Emir Abdul Jabbar

  • Was led by Emir Abdullah (aka Asker Dzhappuyev)

    • Led Yarmuk Jamaat after the death of Emir Seyfullah (aka Anzor Astemirov) before taking over OVKBK

    • Went into hiding after three members were killed March 10, 2011 -- group members believed they were betrayed by a mole, demonstrating Russian effectiveness [superfluous]

    • Killed April 29, 2011, in the village of Progress, on the border of Kabardino-Balkaria and Stavropol Krai

    • Replacement unknown

MAP Pop-up 5: Nogai Steppe (would cover Krasnodar Krai, Adygea -- within Krasnodar Krai -- and Stravropol Krai) [http://eurodialogue.org/Caucasus-The-War-That-Was-The-World-War-That-Might-Have-Been]

Header Text: Nogai Steppe Vilaiyat

Image: http://visualrian.com/images/item/427120 (guy standing is Asker Setov; not sure if we can use)

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  • Nogai Steppe Vilaiyat covers Krasnodar Krai, Adygea and Stavropol Krai; it is considered small, has two known jamaats (Adygea and Nogaysk), and is essentially an umbrella group for these three predominantly Russian regions

  • Emir Vakhab (aka Asker Setov) is the last known jamaat leader of Adygea and is currently incarcerated by Russia

  • Aygea Jamaat includes the entire Krasnodar Krai region; Muslim Circassians, now 25 percent of Adygea, used to inhabit the whole Krasnodar region until they were expelled following the Caucasus War in 1864 [I don't think this adds anything and actually confused me more … could just add they're Muslim Circassians like we do for Nogaysk Jamaat]

  • Nogaysk Jamaat, whose leadership and membership is unknown, is thought to be active in Stavropol Krai and composed of mostly ethnic Nogays

  • No known activity from 2007 until February 2011

  • Membership and subordinate or competing leadership is unknown

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