Jihadists from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Russia have recently been killed while waging jihad in Syria, according to Akhbar Sham, a Russian-language website that supports the Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar (Army of Emigrants and Supporters, or Muhajireen Army), a group of foreign fighters led by commanders from the Caucasus. The deaths of the three fighters were promoted by Kavkaz Center, a propaganda arm of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate, or Imarat Kavkaz.
Akhbar Sham reported that Abu Khurayra al Kazakh, Abu Ahmad al Tajik, and Ismail al Dagestani (from the Russian Republic of Dagestan) have been killed in Syria, but the exact dates of their deaths were not disclosed. The three presumably fought alongside the Muhajireen Army; Al Tajik fought in the “Brigade ‘Caucasus Emirate.'”
Fighters from across the globe, including from Europe and the US, are pouring into Syria to wage jihad against the regime of President Bashar al Assad. In the past week, 12 fighters from Azerbaijan were reported to have been killed in Syria. And a Moroccan who previously was detained by the US at Guantanamo Bay and who led Sham al Islam is also reported to have been killed this week.
For every foreign jihadist killed, it can be assumed that several survive and return to their home countries to further radicalize Muslims. Additionally, many of these fighters are being funneled through camps, such as those run by the Muhajireen Army and the Al Nusrah Front. Al Qaeda has historically selected a small number of individuals trained at such camps to conduct attacks in the West.