Is The Caucasus Emirate On The Rebound?

Since the start of this year, numerous Russian analysts have predicted that the growing influence and popularity of the extremist organization Islamic State (IS) among disaffected residents of the North Caucasus would ultimately render the Caucasus Emirate (IK) — proclaimed eight years ago by then Chechen Republic Ichkeria President Doku Umarov — both impotent and irrelevant.

Video footage uploaded to YouTube last week suggests, however, that the IK has named a new leader and has reestablished a presence in Chechnya, where its fighters intend to resume their “jihad” against the republic’s Moscow-backed leadership.