Ajnad Kavkaz, which referred to as the Khalifat Battalion, is a violent, jihadist group. It largely consists of ethnic Chechens. The group is governed by an emir and a shura council that articulate the organization’s agenda. Ajnad Kavkaz’s primary recruiting area embraces the Northern Caucasus, Turkey and Chechen Diasporas in Europe. Recognizing its leader - Abdul Hakim Shishani, as only one leader, this group announced its independent status, in particular, from Jabhat al-Nusrah in 2015. However, it understood that Ajnad Kavkaz would continue to provide military support for Jabhat al-Nusra (JN) and other group of al-Qaeda affiliates. The Turkish government actively supports this group. OperationsAjnad Kavkaz is based in Latakia (Syria) and conducts operations:the Mountain Of Turkmen (Latakia)Idlib Aleppo (August 2016)village Kawkab, Hama (September 2016)village Maan, Hama…
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