Isis confirms death of hugely popular ‘minister of war’ Omar al-Shishani


 

Isis confirms death of hugely popular 'minister of war' Omar al-Shishani

Thursday, 14 July 2016 02:14

The militant leader was hugely popular within the group and his loss is expected to be a significant blow

Abu Omar al-Shishani, a high ranking Isis commander, has been confirmed as dead by pro-Isis propaganda outlets.

The Chechen-born, hugely popular ‘minister of war’ was killed in fighting close the the beleaguered Iraqi city of Mosul.

His death – purportedly at the hands of the US – was falsely reported in the past but the claim is now being supported by a number of analysts and pro-Isis social media accounts. However, The Independent has not been able to verify the information.

Isis media outlet Amaq announced the news on Wednesday evening, saying al-Shishani was killed in combat in the Iraqi city of Shirqat, south of Mosul.

Shishani, also known as Omar the Chechen, ranked among America’s most wanted militants under a US programme that offered up to $5 million for information to help remove him from the battlefield.

Born in 1986 in Georgia, then still part of the Soviet Union, the red-bearded Shishani had a reputation as a close military adviser to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was said by followers to have relied heavily on Shishani.

In March, the Pentagon said Shishani had likely been killed in a U.S. air strike in Syria

http://english.shafaaq.com/security/17951-isis-confirms-death-of-hugely-popular-minister-of-war-omar-al-shishani.html

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