recruitment for ISIS

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, […]

Georgian Islamic State suspect sentenced to 14 years

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

Aiup Borchashvili. ( 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 […]

Georgian-born IS militant dies in Syria

By | January 25th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Khvicha Gobadze and Mikhad Turkoshvili. (ICK.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A Georgian citizen from Adjara who theratened his home country in an online video in November has died in Syria. The militant Khvicha Gobadze’s death was confirmed by his family, as well as the State Security Service. The Security Service did not offer […]

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 ( names the two as Ramzan Pareulidze (24) and Mukhmad Turkoshvili (22). They were both from Pankisi Gorge, a valley […]

Georgia confirms arrest of four linked to IS

By | December 1st, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Levan Izoria. TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian intelligence service Tuesday confirmed the arrest of four persons for links to Islamic State. Levan Izoria, Deputy Head of the State Security Service, said at a briefing that the four openly support the ideology of the terrorist organization known as ISIS. […]

TV channel reports four detained in Georgia for links to Islamic State

By | November 30th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A Georgian TV channel reported Sunday that special forces had arrested a person in the west of the country for allegedly being affiliated with Islamic State. The TV channel also reported that a further three persons were arrested a day before the special […]

Radicalisation in the South Caucasus

By | November 28th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

Photo by Onnik James Krikorian Children jump over puddles on the pock-marked street outside the mosque in Duisi, a small village situated in Georgia’s scenic Pankisi Valley.  Inhabited by 8,000 ethnic Kists, a minority group related to the Chechens of the North Caucasus, Pankisi is also home to refugees from Chechnya […]

479 foreigners barred from entering Georgia since Paris attacks

By | November 24th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Sarpi border crossing. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–In the ten days that have passed since the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, law enforcers in Georgia have prevented 479 foreigners from entering the country. One Georgian citizen and 31 foreign citizens have been detained for […]

Suspected ISIS fighter arrested in Georgia

By | November 23rd, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A man was arrested in Georgia Saturday suspected of being connected with ISIS. Davit Borchashvili was arrested as he arrived at Tbilisi airport after having been extradited from Turkey. After his arrest, he was sent to hospital where he is currently receiving […]

Stricter border checks for Africans and Asians arriving in Georgia

By | November 19th, 2015|Categories: Security|Tags: , |

Vakhtang Gomelauri. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia is introducing stricter border checks for visitors from Africa and Asia in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris. Head of Georgian intelligence Vakhtnag Gomelauri said on Wednesday after a session of the Crisis Management Council that the measures […]

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 […]