U.S.-designated terrorist joins Turkish-led Afrin operation
(Corrected: the photograph originally used on this story was not of Muslim al-Shishani as stated, but of Omar al-Shishani. The photograph has been changed to that of Muslim al-Shishani. There are no changes to the text.)
A Chechen jihadist commander listed as a terrorist by both the United States and the UN Security Council has joined the Turkish-led Afrin operation in Syria together with his fighters, Islamist newspaper Akit said.
Muslim al-Shishani, born Murad Margoshvili in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, made his name fighting Russian forces in Chechnya and Ingushetia before moving to Syria to create a new group and join the fight against President Bashar Assad’s government.
Shishani’s group, Junud al-Sham, is mostly composed of Chechens. Despite successes at the start of the Syrian conflict, financial difficulties have led to the group dwindling in numbers.