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Caucasus Report

Umarov Names New Commander Of Insurgency In Daghestan

Doku Umarov
Doku Umarov
Six months after the death of Ibragimkhalil Daudov (Amir Salikh), self-styled Caucasus Emirate head Doku Umarov has issued a formal decree naming Daudov’s first deputy, Rustam Asildarov (Amir Abu Mukhammad), to succeed him as head of the Daghestan wing of the North Caucasus insurgency.

At the same time, Umarov named Asildarov vali (civilian ruler) for Daghestan. The decree is dated August 8; it was uploaded to the insurgency website on August 24.

Asildarov, 35, should not be confused with the Abu Mukhammad who is qadi (religious head) of the Caucasus Emirate. (He is seen here expounding on the theological arguments against Muslims participating in Russian elections.)

Asildarov succeeded Daudov as amir of the Central Sector when Umarov named Daudov amir of Daghestan in May 2010 following the death of Israpil Velidjanov (Amir Hassan).

The body of Ibragimkhalil DaudovThe body of Ibragimkhalil Daudov
The body of Ibragimkhalil Daudov
The body of Ibragimkhalil Daudov
Daudov then named Asildarov as his first deputy last fall. (Asildarov is seen here giving detailed instructions on how to construct a hideout.)

Asildarov convened a shura (war council) of commanders in April, which suggests that he automatically assumed the role of acting commander after Daudov’s death.

At that gathering, Asildarov listed several major operations launched by the police and security forces against the insurgency that were a spectacular failure. In the four months since then, however, Daghestani police and security forces have killed 14 men subsequently identified as amirs of local sectors and up to 60 rank-and-file fighters.

The amirs were Yusup Magomedov (Khasavyurt); a Turkish citizen identified as Abdusalam (Sergo-Kala); Ali Aminov (Nogai jamaat); Aslan Mamedov (“Muaz”), northern sector; Rustam Gasanov (Kizlyar); Nazhmudin Nazhmudinov (Tsumada); Magomed Abdulsalamov (Izberbash); Islam Magomedov (Sergo-Kala); Arsen Magomedov (“Abdula”) (Izberbash); Isa Dalgatov (Kayakent); Temirbek Temirbekov  (“Abu Muaz”) (Kizilyurt); Yusup Murtuzaliyev (Shamkhal); Israfil Ismailov (Tabasaran); and Magomedarip Zhamalov (Shamkhal).

Those losses do not appear to have impacted the combat effectiveness of the Daghestan wing of the insurgency, which Daghestan’s interior minister, Lieutenant General Abdurashid Magomedov, described last month as “very active, well-organized and well-equipped, and armed with a large variety of weaponry.” Between April and June, insurgents in Daghestan killed 33 police and members of the security forces and injured 92. A further 10 members of the police and security forces were killed in July and 14 injured.

And as the weekly “Chernovik” pointed out in its most recent issue, the violence continues to escalate, as evidenced by the shootings one week ago at a mosque in Khasavyurt frequented by the town’s Azerbaijani Shi'a community.
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by: Anonymous
August 26, 2012 21:24
it is very interesting thing that, since 500 years, Dagestan never accept Russian rules, and young or old people find a chance to kick Russians, in their life.

Russians know, one day they wil leave Caucasus, and that time, their name will delete from human history. İf Russia lost in Caucasus, it will demolish itself.
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by: Anonymous
August 28, 2012 03:13
Just get out of the Caucasus already. Russia would do better without imperial conquests.
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by: Anonymous
August 28, 2012 10:02
Name me one empire which won in the Caucasus?
Even when stupid Stalin deported entire Chechen and Ingush nations Russian were suffering losses from the partisans. In fact they created chaos in Kazakhstan, the soviets decided to bring them back to the Caucasus in 1956.
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by: Anonymous
September 16, 2012 08:54
500 years ago Russia was the size of the Moscow region and did not even dream of the Caucasus...Please, be precise and factual or do not comment...
It would be too simplistic to tag the "insurgency" in Dagestan as "anti-Russian" (or against "the Russian rule"). The instability in Dagestan is a reaction to the incompetent Kremlin policy, huge social polarization of the population, widespread corruption, lack of any prospects for youths, growing xenophobia and chauvinism in mainland Russia, etc.

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
August 26, 2012 22:44
Is Umarov shaddow of Russia and its invading armies?
Or is Russia and its invading armies shaddow of Umarov?
Forever "terrorist's" activety intencified, the bloody dammies,
Of Russia, repopulating lands, houses and grabb "navary".
It always co-incide with Russian propaganda "tary-bary".

Even a posting they make on this Forum is too obvious.
They post more about "terrorists" and who is, who was
And who will be more often than more important events.
Prising they Greatest Heroes of Russia - forward force?
Preparing opinion and excuse - Russia-invade "meant"?

They illegitimized timely Dudaev's and Mashadov's role,
Negotiate Independence or extended Authonomy, to fall.
They excused platcdarm in North Osetia and Ingushetia
By murdering children in Beslan and attacks, for Russia
Get parasit's platcdarm - invade Georgia. Now new goal.

They preparing to invade Dagestan - another platcdarm
- To invade Azerbaijan. They build flat bottom gun-boats,
An expeditionary force, fly to Baku between oil platforms.
As in Urartu gloat, As in Azerbaijan Russia-subvert float,
Is Dagestan new platcdarm for Russian "m-------shkas"?

by: Alex from: LA
August 27, 2012 07:55
still no terrorist word comes up in these reports. They are rightful fair warriors for democracy called sharia law. Stop this nonsense they are terrorist not militants.
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by: Jack from: US
August 27, 2012 13:42
they are not terrorists. US government does not support terrorists. US government supports peaceful Wahhabi Sunni activists who killed everyone whom US government does not approve. US government approves Umarov. US government does not approve Putin.

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This blog presents analyst Liz Fuller's personal take on events in the region, following on from her work in the "RFE/RL Caucasus Report." It also aims, to borrow a metaphor from Tom de Waal, to act as a smoke detector, focusing attention on potential conflict situations and crises throughout the region. The views are the author's own and do not represent those of RFE/RL.