Katibat Al Aqsa (KAA) - (Islamic State / IS - Chechen Unit / ISISC)

ObtusePart of the Chechen Islamic State (IS) branch, the actual number of Chechens members in this group cannot be verified by TRAC.  Definitive conclusions regarding the foreign fighter's background as well as their well maintained media outlets, is equally hard to determine original origins. Many of KAA's militants are young adults from Chechnya and the Chechen diaspora in Europe, without military experience. FoundingKAA takes its name from Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City (the third holiest site in Islam).  Katibat Al-Aqsa has close ties with the Islamic State  Emir, Omar al-Shishani (Omar the Chechen),  who is an ethnic Chechen from the Pankisi region in Georgia. For More on Omar al-Shishani aka Tarkhan Batirashvili (Islamic State / ISIS) -- INDIVIDUAL PROFILERobust PropgandaKAA is perhaps most well known for its media house, Sham Today (see below) 

Katibat Al Aqsa (KAA) - (Islamic State / IS - Chechen Unit / ISISC), also known as THE AL-AQSA BRIGADE is a group formed c. 2014.
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