25 Mar '15, 7pm

State Department adds Islamic Caucasus Emirate leader to terrorist list

State Department adds Islamic Caucasus Emirate leader to terrorist list

The State Department announced today that Aliaskhab Kebekov (also known as Ali Abu Muhammad al Dagestani) has been added to the US government’s list of specially designated global terrorists. Kebekov took over as the head of the al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic Caucasus Emirate (ICE) in early 2014, following the death of his predecessor , Doku Umarov. Kebekov is an al Qaeda loyalist. “In the summer of 2014,” State notes in its announcement, “Kebekov issued a video statement proclaiming the Caucasus Emirate’s ‘structural subordination’ to al Qaeda and noted his group’s readiness to execute orders and instructions from al Qaeda’s leaders.” Indeed, Kebekov’s allegiance to al Qaeda became obvious after the rivalry between Ayman al Zawahiri’s organization and the Islamic State, ruled by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, flared up last year. ICE has deep ties to the jihad in Syria, as the group ...

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