The Islamic International Peacekeeping Brigade (IIPM) was established during 1998. Shamil Basayev (a Chechnya para-military leader) and Ibn al-Khattab (Saudi born) took lead in the formation of the group. Leaders of the Islamic Battalion were Ibn al Khattab (killed in 2002), Abu al Walid (killed in 2004), followed by Abu Hafs al Urduni (killed in 2006). Yusuf Mohammed (generally referred to as Mohammed) succeeded Urduni as leader, a position used to act as link with al Qaeda's central command.The IIPM’s membership is comprised of ethnic Chechen fighters as well as foreign fighters from the Middle East. The IIPB aims to establish an independent Chechnya state that is governed by a religious ideology derived from Wahhabism. Funding of Chechen FightersAccording to the US State Department, the IIPM is the principal channel for Islamic funding of the Chechnya fighters by means of direct contact with Usama Bin Laden. Reported contact between al-Khattab and Usama Bin…
Islamic International Peacekeeping Brigade (IIPB)
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