Richard Barrett Quoted by AFP: Top Islamic State Commander Dead a Week After US-led Airstrike in Syria
March 15, 2016

Top Islamic State Commander Dead a Week After US-led Airstrike in Syria

By: Agence France-Presse

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A top Islamic State group commander known as Omar the Chechen has died after being injured in a US-led coalition strike in northeastern Syria, the Pentagon confirmed Monday.

The announcement would appear to clear up the fate of the notorious Omar al-Shishani a week after a US official said the most-wanted militant had been targeted in a 4 March attack on the jihadist’s convoy…

While Shishani’s exact rank was unclear, Richard Barrett of the US-based Soufan Group has described him as Isis’s “most senior military commander”, adding that he had been in charge of key battles.

Shishani is not, however, a member of Isis’s political leadership, a structure that is even murkier than its military command…

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