Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Islamic State war chief Omar Shishani is "clinically dead".

Red bearded Omar Shishani

Islamic State war chief Omar Shishani is "clinically dead". (NewsWeek).

The minister of war for the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), Abu Omar al-Shishani, also known as Omar the Chechen, is “clinically dead” following a U.S.-led coalition air strike in northern Syria last week, a group that monitors the conflict in Syria said on Sunday.

The Pentagon confirmed that it had targeted Shishani in a strike last week near the northeastern Syrian town of Shaddadi but it could not confirm that he had been killed.

At the time, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which relies on a network of sources and activists on the ground for its information, said that “he did not die” in the strike.

On Sunday, the U.K.-based monitoring group said that the red-bearded general is in hospital after being transferred to Raqqa, Syria.

Shishani is not able to breathe on his own and is using machines,” SOHR head Rami Abdulrahman told AFP news agency. “He has been clinically dead for several days.

Shishani, whose real name is Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili, is one of the most wanted ISIS members. Read the full story here.

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