IS affirms key pioneer Shishani’s demise


A news organization connected to purported Islamic State has affirmed the passing of key pioneer Omar Shishani, who the US said it slaughtered in March.

The Amaq news organization said Shishani was executed in battle in the town of Shirqat, south of Mosul in Iraq. The Pentagon said in March he had kicked the bucket from wounds supported in a US air strike in north-eastern Syria.

Shishani's genuine name was Tarkhan Batirashvili however he was otherwise called Omar the Chechen. The red-whiskery jihadist was said to be a nearby military counsel to Islamic State pioneer Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Amaq's announcement on Shishani's passing.

The affirmation went ahead the Amaq site, which IS frequently uses to issue news and which had denied the Pentagon's cases in March.

Amaq said he kicked the bucket attempting to repulse powers crusading to retake the city of Mosul.

It didn't determine when, yet the announcement clashes with the US claims made in March.

It said its strike on 4 March had occurred close to the north-eastern town of Shaddadi, where Shishani had purportedly been sent to support neighborhood IS strengths.

A year ago, the US offered a $5m (£3.5m) reward for Shishani.

It said he had held various senior military positions inside the gathering, including "clergyman of war".