Monday 26 September 2016

Islamic State confirms death of key leader

Published 13/07/2016 | 22:50

Omar al-Shishani was one of Islamic State's top military commanders
Omar al-Shishani was one of Islamic State's top military commanders

An Islamic State-run media outlet has said Omar al-Shishani, one of the group's top military commanders, has been killed in fighting near the Iraqi city of Mosul.

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US and Iraqi officials, as well as Syrian activists, said in March that al-Shishani, who was in his 30s, had died of wounds sustained in a US air strike in Syria.

But the IS-run Aamaq news agency reported that al-Shishani was "martyred" in the town of al-Shirqat, near Mosul, while helping to "halt the military campaign" against the IS-held city.

IS supporters published eulogies to al-Shishani on social media and messaging networks.

Aamaq had denied that al-Shishani was killed in March, without providing evidence that he was alive.

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