Pankisi youth joining Islamic State

Groups demand investigation into how anti-terror forces killed 19-year-old

By | January 12th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Groups rallied outside the government building. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The death of a young Chechen man who was shot in an anti-terror operation last month has sparked an outcry among locals in the Muslim-inhabited region he came from, while activists in Tbilisi rallied outside the government building. […]

Al-Qaeda commander from Pankisi reported dead in Syria

By | December 18th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Salahuddin al-Shishani, whose real name was Giorgi Margoshvili, was reportedly killed in Syria’s northern Hama province. TBILISI, DFWatch–A high-profile al-Qaeda affiliated field commander of Georgian-Kist origin has been killed in the Syrian civil war. Reports by Syrian and Lebanese news agencies said Salahuddin al-Shishani, was killed during a Russian air raid near Hama province, in northern Syria. […]

Georgian-born militant dies in Syrian war

By | December 14th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

Muslim Kushtanashvili and Ramzan Baghakashvili. TBILISI, DFWatch–There were reports on Tuesday that 20-year-old Ramzan Baghakashvili from Pankisi Gorge in the northeast of Georgia has died in Syria. Baghakashvili, who was from a village Dumastura, left Georgia for Syria two years ago with another teenager. […]

Pankisi native, reportedly ISIS member, killed in Middle East

By | November 8th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–One more Pankisi native has been killed in the Middle East. Reports vary about where the 24 year old Mukhad Khangoshvili was killed. According to Interpressnews, which relies on an unidentified source in Pankisi, it happened in Mosul, […]

21-year-old IS militant from Georgia dies in Syria air raid

By | August 24th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A 21-year-old man from Georgia has died fighting alongside ISIS in the Syria war. Sultan Gumashvili was from Pankisi Gorge. Georgian media outlets are reporting that the deceased militant’s father Adam Gumashvili is also fighting for ISIS in Syria and is a prominent […]

New cafe offers youth a place to meet in Pankisi

By | August 12th, 2016|Categories: Minorities, Youth|Tags: |

(DFWatch.) (DFWatch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A new café in Pankisi Gorge will offer young people a place to gather. Locals say they cannot remember ever having had a place for young people to get together. The café opened Wednesday in the village Duisi, the central village in Pankisi Gorge, […]

Georgian IS militant sentenced to 12 years in jail

By | August 11th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A Georgian citizen was Wednesday sentenced to 12 years in jail for cooperating with the terrorist organization Islamic State. As most of the Georgians who have joined the Islamic State group, Davit Borhcashvili comes from Pankisi Valley. He was detained in November 2015 […]

Two Islamist militants from Georgia killed in Syria

By | July 12th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Two men from Pankisi valley in Georgia, one aged 26 and the 34, have been killed in Syria. The younger of them, Bekkhan (Beka) Tokhosashvili, was a native of the village Birkiani. Tokhosashvili left Georgia in 2014 and joined the terrorist group Islamic State in Syria, […]

Another Georgian Islamist militant killed in Syria

By | June 30th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(ICK.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A 39-year-old man from Pankisi Valley in northeastern Georgia has reportedly been killed fighting on for the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) in Syria. The death of Omar Margoshvili, reported by Information Centre of Kakheti on Wednesday, […]

22-year-old Georgian Islamist militant killed in Syria

By | June 29th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(ICK.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A 22-year-old Georgian man is reported to have died in the Syrian war, fighting alongside one of the Islamist rebel groups. Information Centre of Kakheti (ICK) wrote on Tuesday that Aslanbeg Borchashvili was from Dumasturi, a village in Pankisi Valley […]

Georgian Islamic State suspect sentenced to 14 years

By | March 7th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Aiup Borchashvili. (ick.ge) TBILISI, DFWatch–A court in Tbilisi sentenced three men to prison on Monday for associating with or assisting a foreign terrorist organization. Aiup Borchashvili, former imam of the mosque in the village of Jokolo in Pankisi valley, was sentenced to 14 years […]

Georgian president visits valley Lavrov claims is IS training area

By | January 30th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

President Giorgi Margvelashvili met locals in Duisi, a village in the Pankisi valley. (Facebook.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s president visited the Pankisi valley on Saturday, a few days after Russia’s foreign minister claimed that Islamic State militants are being trained there. Locals in Duisi, one of the villages in Pankisi in the northeast of Georgia, welcomed […]

Lavrov claims IS fighters are being trained in Georgia

By | January 27th, 2016|Categories: Security|Tags: , , |

(Kremlin photo.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday that Islamic State fighters are being trained in the Pankisi valley in northern Georgia which was one of the reasons why Russia introduced stricter visa rules for Georgians. On Tuesday, Tbilisi […]

Two Georgians from Pankisi reported dead in Syria

By | January 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(ICK.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two militants from Pankisi in Georgia have reportedly died in the Syrian war. Information Center of Kakheti (ick.ge) names the two as Ramzan Pareulidze (24) and Mukhmad Turkoshvili (22). They were both from Pankisi Gorge, a valley […]

Alleged IS plot, Russian helicopter overflight topics at IPRM

By | December 17th, 2015|Categories: Security|Tags: , , |

A Russian helicopter of this type flew over Georgian-controlled territory on December 10. (U.S. Department of Defense.) TBILISI, DFWatch–An alleged New Year’s terror plot by Islamic State and an airspace violation by a Russian helicopter were some one of the topics at a regular field meeting about the conflict over the breakaway territory South Ossetia on Wednesday. The meeting […]

Dozens suspected ISIS recruits prevented from entering Georgia

By | November 17th, 2015|Categories: Security|Tags: , , |

Levan Izoria. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–An intelligence official in Georgia says dozens of foreigners have been prevented from entering Georgia, because they were suspected of preparing to go to Syria to join ISIS. Deputy head of the State Security Service Levan Izoria told Maestro TV that the government […]

Georgian intelligence investigating websites supporting ISIS

By | November 16th, 2015|Categories: Security|Tags: |

Nino Giorgobiani, spokeswoman for the State Security Service. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian intelligence is investigating a Georgian-language blog which publishes propaganda material from the terrorist organization the Islamic State, or ISIS. Georgian users on Facebook Monday shared a link to the website, and called for help […]

Thirteenth Georgian dies fighting in Syria

By | June 29th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Information Center of Kakheti published this photo of Turpal Borchashvili. TBILISI, DFWatch–A 23 year old was reported by locals in his hometown in Pankisi Gorge Sunday to have died in the Syria war. Turpal Borchashvili is at least the thirteenth Georgian citizen who has died in Syria fighting for Islamists. Borchashvili was from […]

Pankisi residents want moderate Islam lessons to counter radicalism

By | June 17th, 2015|Categories: Minorities|Tags: |

Imam Omar. (DF Watch.) PANKISI, DFWatch–Pankisi residents suggest to counter radical Islam by providing moderate Islam lessons for the young generation. Recently, four people were detained for recruiting new ISIS members in Pankisi Gorge. Journalists on a media tour here organized […]

Four people detained in Georgia for links to ISIS

By | June 16th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Police.ge) TBILISI, DFWatch–Four people were detained in Tbilisi and Kakheti, accused of joining the terrorist organization ISIS and recruiting Georgians to fight in Syria. One of the detainees is a local from Pankisi Gorge, father of 9 Ayuf (Gaioz) Borchashvil. The Ministry of Internal Affairs […]

33 year old Georgian from Pankisi dies in Syrian war

By | May 18th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–One more Georgian from Pankisi has died in the war in Syria. Ibrahim Tsatiashvili, 33, left his home village Tsinubani two months ago. His relatives knew he was in Turkey. On Friday, they learned that he had died. It is not yet known whether […]

Georgian PM blasts media for ‘hysteria’ about recruitment for IS

By | April 22nd, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili scolded the media on Tuesday for their coverage of Pankisi youth who become radicalized and join Islamic State in Syria. The media have shown an ‘unnatural hysteria’ about this problem, which […]

Georgia toughens anti-terror legislation to include recruitment for IS

By | April 18th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia is to make it a crime to be a member of a terrorist organization or take part in a paramilitary group in another country. The law was drafted after calls for the government to do more to stop the flow of youth joining the war in Syria. […]

Georgian PM: We can’t stop youth from joining IS

By | April 16th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

Irakli Garibashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili says the government is not capable of preventing Pankisi youth from joining the war in Syria. There have been many reports lately that young men from the Pankisi Gorge in the north of Georgia have left […]

Two Pankisi youth turned IS fighters call home from Syria: ‘We are fine’

By | April 14th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(ICK.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two Georgian boys who recently went to Syria to join Islamic State have called their parents in Pankisi Gorge and sent home their first picture. Muslim Kushtanashvili (16) and Ramzan Baghakashvili (18) said they are fine and haven’t seen any fighting […]

Pankisi locals demand the return of youth who went to Syria

By | April 6th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Locals in Pankisi Gorge in northeast Georgia demand the return of two boys who allegedly went to Syria to join Islamc State. The Council of Elders, an informal mediation body in Pankisi, on Monday met to discuss what to do after Muslim […]

Two more Pankisi youth leave Georgia to join IS in Syria

By | April 5th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two Georgian boys, one 18 and the other younger, have allegedly left the country to become fighers for Islamic State in Syria, acording to locals. The two were attending tenth and eleventh grade at a school in the village Omalo, in Pankisi Gorge. […]