Iraq: ISIL sources claim Omar al-Shishani killed in air strike. (AlJazeera).
Omar al-Shishani, a top commander of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has been killed in Iraq, a website affiliated with the armed group said.
Citing a "military source", ISIL's website on Wednesday said that Shishani was killed "in the town of Sharqat as he took part in repelling the military campaign on the city of Mosul".
Amaq, the ISIL-linked website, did not specify when Shishani was killed, but the loss of the commander is a significant blow to the group, which has suffered a string of setbacks in Iraq this year.
Mosul is the last ISIL-held city in Iraq. Read the full story here.
Pentagon Admits 'Omar The Chechen' Died This Week, Not Earlier https://t.co/DKUHfXOJVK— Gilles N. (@VegetaMoustache) July 15, 2016
1. Pro-ISIS tweeps and Telegram users are flooding channels with soliloquies to Omar al-Shishani, whom ISIS says was killed near Mosul— Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) July 14, 2016
2. See channel below, which now bears his image and garnered 1260 members overnight pic.twitter.com/RmD02qXkx4— Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) July 14, 2016
3. People have asked me is ISIS reliable when claiming death of senior leaders? Generally yes. And they usually take a long time to confirm— Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) July 14, 2016
8. Sometimes confirmation is but a whisper. I didn't know senior leader Abu Atheer was dead until the meticulous @DanieleRaineri noticed it— Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) July 14, 2016
Next, six less-known-yet-interesting pictures of Umar al Shishani, killed south of Mosul a few days ago pic.twitter.com/qJd0OdAULt— Daniele Raineri (@DanieleRaineri) July 14, 2016