by Gordon M. Hahn
Meanwhile, the New York Times and other sources, including those the NYT cites, continue to get the CE and jihadism wrong, now a decade’s practice, at least.
The CE, AQ, IS, the CE IS and the tens of other jihadi groups in the global jihadi revolutionary movement all remain committed to the goal of creating the global caliphate. Dagistani and those CE amirs and mujahedin who remained loyal to him and remain loyal to the CE, have allied with AQ – not joined, as some sources have reported recently – against IS. Thus, the only real difference between AQ and IS and between the CE and the CE IS are rooted in IS’s challenge to AQ for the leadership of the global jihadi revolutionary alliance – now split in two by AQ and IS – signaled by IS’s declaration of the caliphate without consulting with or deferring to AQ’s preference.
In a sense, the Dagistani’s demise is almost meaningless. Another amir will take his place – likely Gimravii, as I noted yesterday. The CE may survive or not. If not the mujahedin will simply join IS or go, as thousands have already, to Iraq and Syria and join up with their CE and North Caucasus brothers there.
The US mass media and the Washington DC area think tanks that media use as sources have repeatedly distorted the facts or, in some cases, innocently gotten it wrong.
Gordon M. Hahn is an Analyst and Advisory Board Member of the Geostrategic Forecasting Corporation, Chicago, Illinois; Senior Researcher, Center for Terrorism and Intelligence Studies (CETIS), Akribis Group, San Jose, California Analyst/Consultant, Russia Other Points of View – Russia Media Watch; and Senior Researcher and Adjunct Professor, MonTREP, Monterey, California. Dr Hahn is author of three well-received books, Russia’s Revolution From Above (Transaction, 2002), Russia’s Islamic Threat (Yale University Press, 2007), which was named an outstanding title of 2007 by Choice magazine, and The ‘Caucasus Emirate’ Mujahedin: Global Jihadism in Russia’s North Caucasus and Beyond (McFarland Publishers, 2014). He also has authored hundreds of articles in scholarly journals and other publications on Russian, Eurasian and international politics and wrote, edited and published the Islam, Islamism, and Politics in Eurasia Report at CSIS from 2010-2013. Dr. Hahn has been a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (2011-2013) and a Visiting Scholar at both the Hoover Institution and the Kennan Institute.