08 Nov '17, 3pm

Islamic State eulogizes former Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan figure killed in Iraq

Abdul Hakim al Tatari, as seen in the Islamic State’s Al Naba newsletter In the Islamic State’s most recent edition of its Al Naba newsletter, the jihadist group eulogized a Russian Tatar fighter who died fighting for the group in Baiji, Iraq, just days after arriving on the battlefield. Prior to joining the Islamic State, however, he had a long career with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU). According to the newsletter, Abdul Hakim al Tatari (seen above), was a 53-year-old fighter with a wife and kids who joined the IMU nearly 15 years ago after leaving Russia. It is not clear where in Russia he was from, however, his kunya suggests he was an ethnic Tatar. Most of Russia’s Tatars live in Tatarstan and Bashkortostan. The Islamic State’s newsletter claimed Tatari was a “big force” behind many Russians joining jihadists in the Caucasus and elsewhere, but this cannot be...

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