ISIS names new ‘war minister’ to replace 'last week' killed Omar al-Shishani. (Rudaw).
The Islamic State (ISIS) has elected a former military official of Iraq’s defunct Baathist regime as its new war minister, to replace its dead commander, Abu Omer Shishani.
Yasin Salam, known as Abu Taha, the new minister of war, is from the Haditha area of Anbar province. During Saddam Hussein's rule in Iraq, he was commander of the elite Presidential Guards battalion.
Like many other of Saddam’s former army commanders, Abu Taha pledged allegiance to ISIS after the Iraqi dictator was ousted in the 2003 US-led invasion.
“(Abu Taha) has pledged allegiance to ISIS for five years. He was given the post after several meetings among ISIS leaders,” said Nazim Jighenfi, a leader from the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi.
Jighenfi added that Abu Taha is now “in Anbar province, commanding ISIS attacks on Iraqi security forces.”
ISIS confirmed that Omar al-Shishani, one of its top military commanders, was killed.
But contrary to reports that said he died in Syria in March, the group said he was killed last week in fighting south of Mosul, the last ISIS-held city in Iraq. Hmmmm..........Shishani Has more lives than a cat.Read the full story here.