Name of Organization
Islamic Jehad/Jihad Union (IJU)
Islamic Jehad/jihad Union (IJU) was founded in 2002 as a
separate jihad’s group.
The group was once a part of
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU),
but in 2002 differences arose between the top leadership
of IMU and some of its member splinter to form IJU.
It was first named the Islamic Jihad Group (IJG),
founded in March 2002. Later in 2005 it was renamed as
Islamic Jihad Union (IJU).
Emir: Najmiddin Jalolov
(aliases Yahyo, Ahmed and Nazimuddin Khilalof)
(aliases Yahyo, Ahmed and Nazimuddin Khilalof)
has been worked in close assistance of Osama Bin Laden
and is one of the top three Central Asian militant
commanders based in Pakistan.
He is the founder of the splinter group of Islamic
Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), Islamic Jihad Group (IJU).
He trained a German Islamic Cell in Northern Pakistan
that carried out terror attacks on German soil
as well on the troops of Pakistan Army’s elite forces.
His name has been added to Al-Qaida Sanctions List by UN
Security Council and freezing his assets in 2008.
He was trained explosive and mines in
training camps. He was a former member of IMU and had
participated in different terrorist activities in
Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Najmiddin Jalolov has been killed in a US drone attack
near the town of Mir Ali, North Waziristan.
Photo of Najmiddin Jalolov leader
Deputy Emir: Suhayl Buranov (a.k.a. Abu Huzaifa)
Deputy Emir Suhayl Buranov (a.k.a. Suhayl Mansur /
a.k.a. Abu Hufaiza) was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan at
October 11, 1983. He also received his training in
explosive and mines in Al-Qaeda training camps in Khost,
and took part in different operations in Afghanistan and
Pakistan from Taliban side. He was a suicide bombers
trainer. As deputy Emir of the organization he was
responsible for communication in the organization.
Leader: Ahmad Bekmirzayev
Ahmad Bekmirzayev headed IJU cell in Kazakhstan.
He died in an IJU attack at Uzbekistan
on March 31, 2004.
Leader: Zhakshybek Biymurzayev
Zhakshybek Biymurzayev received
training at Afghanistan and was head of IJU cell of
Kazakhstan. He was formerly a member of IMU and later
School of thought/ Classification
The Islamic Jihad Union (IJU) is a Sunni violent
extremist organization that splintered from the Islamic
Movement of Uzbekistan.
IJU is a terrorist’s organization. It had separated from
IMU but continued the struggle to topple the secular
authoritarian regime of Karimov in Uzbekistan.
They believe in fighting jihad (Holy war) against the
western invaders in the Muslim countries. They are
struggling liberate Muslim countries from the tyranny of
western countries. They want to bring Islamic system in
countries where Muslims are in majority. They are
struggling to liberate oppressed Muslims around the
world. They are also fighting against the secular
autocratic regime of Karimov in Uzbekistan. They are
part of International jihadist movement and have links
with Al-Qaeda, Islamic movement of Uzbekistan and
The group has been banned by Pakistan government on 15th
of march 2013.
Information about the organizational framework of IJU is
No information is available about the group financial
Recruitment tools & demographics
IJU has a small group of its affiliates. Most of them
are from central Asia, highest number from Uzbekistan.
Recruits also include Turks and Germans. Through German
Jihadis they have established an infrastructure in
Germany to carry out terrorists attacks there.
During their stay in North Waziristan they have been
successful in recruiting Pakistani and Afghani fighters
for different terrorist’ activities in these countries.
They use video messages and online websites to
indoctrinate new recruits, they have their website, most
of the content is in Turkish, Uzbek and Russian, some of
the videos and other content is in German as well.
Connections & linkages
They were supported by Al-Qaeda and
other non Uzbek jihadi groups from central Asia,
Caucasus and Greater Middle East all of whom spoke
cluster of closely related languages (Turkish, Azeri,
Uzbek, Turkmen, Tatar and Uyghur).
IJU has strong links with other
terrorist’s organizations like Al-Qaeda, IMU, Haqqani
Network and Pakistani Taliban groups.
Areas of Operation
Mainly they operate in the border region of Pakistan and
Afghanistan. In Pakistan the headquarters of IJU is
established in Mir Ali, North Waziristan. They are also
operating in Germany, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan and
This website has been suspended and is not accessible
All the interviews, video messages, written content and
pictures are uploaded and communicated with their and
Uzbek languages were used to deliver messages but
nowadays Turkish language are given preference. Some the
material is in German as well.
Islamic Jihad Union (IJU),
Jama'at al-Jihad al-Islami,
Ittihad al-Jihad al-Islami,
Islamic Jihad Group of Uzbekistan,
Islami Jihad Ittehad, Isl
om Jihodi Ittihodi,
Uzbek Islamic Jihad,
Islamic Jihad Union,
Al Djihad al-Islami,
The Jamaat Mujahedin,
The Kazakh Jama'at.
Who they are
IJU is an extremist organization. It broke away from
Islamic movement of Uzbekistan IMU in 2002. It had its
training camps and safe havens in North Waziristan’
Pakistan. They are part of the international jihad
movement. Their primary goal was to topple the secular
autocratic regime of Karimov in Uzbekistan and
established their Version of Islamic system. According
to them they have expanded their vision, and now they
are striving to fight for the rights of oppressed
Muslims around the world. Most of the recruits of IJU
are central Asian and Turks but some are also from other
countries like Pakistan, Germany, and Afghanistan and
Arab states. They have very strong links with other
terrorists’ organizations like Al-Qaeda, IMU and
Pakistani Taliban groups etc.
The IMU financially supported by Taliban in Afghanistan.
IMU was also involved in the drug trade; it was also
affected due to fall of Taliban. After the toppling down
of Taliban regime in Afghanistan and the death of IMU
leader there they had little choice but to flee into the
northern areas of Pakistan. Soon differences arose among
the top leadership IMU regarding the future of their
In early 2000 IMU split into two groups and a new
organization called IJU came into existence. There are
two theories: According to Bruce Hoffman, director of
Georgetown University’s Security Studies program. IMU
was too focused on Uzbekistan and the new splinter IJU
wanted to join the Global jihad movement that’s why they
Another theory is IMU had no other option but to join
global jihad movement to support their organization
financially by other terrorist organization and that’s
why IJU splinter from it.
In 2002, IJG was founded later on in 2005 it was renamed
as IJU. Since then they have been involved in terrorist
activities in Uzbekistan in 2004, Pakistan in 2006-07,
Afghanistan and Germany.
The headquarters of IJU was in North Waziristan area of
Pakistan until 2014 in which, Pakistani military has
started a final offensive (Zarb-e-Azb) against terrorist
organizations in these areas, they are drawn back into
Afghanistan and the operation is in progress.
Abu Yahya the leader of the organization said, "After
the fall of the Afghanistan Islamic Administration
[Taliban] we… decided to organize groups which will
conduct jihad operations against the infidel
constitution of cruel Karimov in Uzbekistan. The sole
aim … was to find war-like solutions against the infidel
constitution of cruel Karimov. For this aim our union
was established in 2002."
IJU also believe in internationalization of “Holy War”
Jihad and has established links with other organizations
like Al-Qaeda in this regard. They want to topple what
they see as the secular and pro-west regime in Muslim
countries and built an Islamic state.
The target audience are Muslims around the world in
general and the central Asian in particular.
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU)
IMU is a terrorist organization, operating in Pakistan,
Afghanistan and Central Asia. They are famous for drug
trafficking in Central Asia and also responsible for an
assassination attempt on Uzbek President Karimov in
1999. The bases of IMU are established in Waziristan
region of Pakistan, in Afghanistan and Central Asian
states. The group has been involved in terrorist attacks
in Pakistan. They have targeted some high value targets
in Pakistan. Attacks included airport bombings in
Peshawar and Karachi in 2012 and 2014. The IMU finances
terrorist activities from drug trafficking and also
receives donations from Al Qaeda.
Al Qaeda is an international terrorist network founded
by Osama Bin Laden in 1988. Al Qaeda helped in
recruiting, financing and training thousands of fighters
from different parts of the world to be part of an
Afghan resistance to defeat the Soviet Union. Al Qaeda’s
goal is to establish Islamic Caliphate throughout the
world by working with Islamic extremist groups to
overthrow regimes they consider to be non Islamic. Al
Qaeda’s activities include bombing, assassination,
hijacking, kidnapping and suicide attacks. Al Qaeda is
responsible for the attacks on the US embassies in
Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 1998 and
also the hijacking attacks on the World Trade Center and
the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.