The Caucasus Emirate Mujahedin: Global Jihadism in Russia’s North Caucasus and Beyond

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McFarland, Sep 24, 2014 - 344 pages
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Russia’s North Caucasus mujahedin of the self-declared Caucasus Emirate and the history thereof is part and parcel of the global jihadi revolutionary movement which includes but is no longer led by Al Qaeda. This book corrects the inadequate previous treatments of the violence in the Caucasus, almost all of which explain what ought to be called the rise of jihadism in the Caucasus solely in terms of Russian actions. The author brings the international jihadist and local North Caucasian causes back into the picture, detailing the global Jihadist/Islamist revolutionary movement’s propagation of the “jihadi method” and material support to nationalist and Islamic extremists in Chechnya and the Caucasus since the mid–1990s. Like jihadi groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, and Africa, the Caucasus Emirate is an Al Qaeda ally and de facto affiliate. It represents a threat to Russian, U.S., and international security as evidenced by terrorist plots perpetrated or inspired by it in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Azerbaijan, and Boston.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Empirical and Theoretical Problems
5
2 The GlobalCaucasus Jihadi Connection and the Chechen Republic of Ichkeriya
24
3 The GlobalCaucasus Connection and the Caucasus Emirate
54
Leadership Organization and TheoIdeology
75
The Early Years
102
6 Sheikh Buryatskii and the Rise and Fall of the Ingush Mujahedin
139
7 Magomed Vagabov Seifullah Gubdenskii and the Rise of the Dagestan Vilaiyat
159
The IdelUral Vilaiyat?
204
The Caucasus Emirate Goes Global
222
11 The Caucasus Emirate in Comparative and Theoretical Context
251
Epilogue
271
Chapter Notes
281
Bibliography
325
Index
333
Copyright

8 Seifullah Anzor Astemirov and the Rise of the OVKBK
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Gordon M. Hahn is an advisory board member at Geostrategic Forecasting Corporation, Chicago, and at the American Institute of Geostrategy (AIGEO), Los Angeles; a contributing expert for Russia Direct, and a senior researcher at the Center for Terrorism and Intelligence Studies (CETIS), San Jose, California. He lives in Mountain View, California.

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