Patrick Skinner Quoted on Voice of America: Hard-to-Kill Islamic State Commander Finally Dead
July 14, 2016
Voice of America
By: Jeff Seldin
A key Islamic State terror group commander known for his brutally effective tactics and for surviving numerous attempts to kill him has died in battle, according to an IS-linked media organization.
The Aamaq News Agency said Wednesday that Abu Omar al-Shishani, also known as “Omar the Chechen,” was killed in the town of Shirqat while trying to “halt the military campaign” against the self-declared caliphate’s Iraqi capital of Mosul.
U.S. and coalition forces had targeted Shishani numerous times, including in an airstrike on March 4 in al-Shaddadi, Syria…
“He’s been reported dead nine times now, but this might be the one,” said Patrick Skinner, a former intelligence officer now with The Soufan Group, a New York organization that provides strategic security intelligence services to governments and multinational organizations…
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