Tuesday 17 January 2017

Islamic State media says 'minister of war' Omar the Chechen killed

Published 14/07/2016 | 07:56

Abu Omar al-Shishani
Abu Omar al-Shishani

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 (the Chechen), 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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