Lebanese news daily al-Akhbar sat down with Abu Ali al-Shishani two months ago in the outskirts of Arsal.
Al-Shishani spoke of his beginnings and his newly announced affiliation to the “Islamic State” as well as his work in Lebanon and the Jihadist plans to establish the Caliphate akin to the time of the Prophet.
During al-Qasir battle, Anas Jarkas, now known as Abu Ali al-Shishani, lead a group of around 30 fighters stationed in the outskirts of an area known as Wadi Mira.
Jarkas identifies himself and says “I am Abu Ali al-Shishani, I lived in al-Qasir before the Shiites and blasphemers took over it. I am a proud Chechen-Syrian.”
Al-Shishani recalled the beginning stages of the Syria war, telling al-Akhbar that the first action took place in Sham. He spoke of a war of Jihad, not a war of freedom.
“We were never slaves,” he said, noting that slaves look for freedom not those who live by God.
Al-Shishani finally pledged allegiance to the Islamic State but assures still that he stands at a distance from the ongoing feud between the two main groups: IS and the Nusra Front.
When asked about Hezbollah, al-Shishani said he hoped God would take back his alleged party, noting that the latter has taken Iran as his God.
As for the Lebanese government, al-Shishani noted that his doubts of its failure to lead were recently confirmed, calling on all Jihadists to take action in Lebanon so as to restore Hezbollah to its proper size.