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Murad Margoshvili
Born 26 May 1972 [1]
Place of birth Duisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union[1]
(now Georgia)
Allegiance Junud al-Sham[2]
Soviet Army (from ?- ?)[3]
Battles/wars First Chechen War[3]
Syrian Civil War[2]

Murad Iraklievich Margoshvili,[1] also known by his nom de guerre Muslim Abu Walid al Shishani (taken from the Saudi fighter Abu al-Walid),[4] is the commander of Junud al-Sham in Syria.[2] Al Shishani was sanctioned by the US State Department on 24 September 2014[5] for reportedly building a base for foreign fighters.[6] While Margoshvili is a Georgian national, he is also a Kist, a Chechen subethnos living mostly in the Pankisi Gorge.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Ethnic Kist Murad Margoshvili on the Specially Designated Global Terrorists list". Front News. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Split Among North Caucasian Fighters in Syria". The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst. 2 July 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "An In-Depth Look At Chechen Fighters In Syria – Part II: Junoud Al-Sham Commander Muslim Abu Al-Walid Al-Shishani". MEMRI Jihad & Terrorism Studies Project. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  4. "The Clear Banner: 'Let Him Eat Leaves:' North Caucasians Aligned to Islamic State Slam Caucasus Emirate Emir". Jihadology. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  5. "Behind Islamic State's Battlefield Gains, Battle-Hardened Chechens". Voice of America News. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  6. "U.S. imposes financial sanctions on Islamist fighters". Reuters. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  7. Moore, Cerwyn (2015-05-27). "Foreign Bodies: Transnational Activism, the Insurgency in the North Caucasus and "Beyond"". pp. 395–415. Digital object identifier:10.1080/09546553.2015.1032035. ISSN 0954-6553. 

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