Omar al-Shishani confirmed dead by Daesh-affiliated media

Published July 14th, 2016 - 07:00 GMT
Omar al-Shishani, a fighter originally from Georgia, rose through the ranks to become Daesh's "war minister" in Syria. (AFP/File)
Omar al-Shishani, a fighter originally from Georgia, rose through the ranks to become Daesh's "war minister" in Syria. (AFP/File)

A Daesh-affiliated news agency confirmed Wednesday that the group's senior operative Abu Omar al-Shishani (Omar the Chechen) had been killed in combat south of Mosul in Iraq, Reuters reported.

Citing a military source, Daesh-linked Amaq News Agency said Shishani was killed "in the town of Sharqat as he took part in repelling the military campaign on the city of Mosul."

Previously in March, the Pentagon said that Shishani, described as Daesh's "war minister," had likely been killed in a US airstrike in Syria.

This is the first time Daesh has confirmed Shishani's death, with supporters posting eulogies on Twitter.

Shishani, whose real name is Tarkhan Batirashvili, was a battle-hardened fighter originally from Georgia's Pankisi Gorge region.

He first fought as a Chechen rebel against Russian forces, later joining the Georgian military in 2006, fighting Russia again in Georgia in 2008.

Shishani resurfaced as a commander of a group of foreign fighters in Syria, eventually becoming a senior leader within Daesh.


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