- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A top Islamic State commander has died of wounds suffered in a U.S. airstrike in Syria, a senior Iraqi intelligence officials and the head of a Syrian activist group said Tuesday.

Omar al-Shishani, the red-bearded ethnic Chechen who was one of the terrorist group’s most prominent commanders, died Monday outside the Islamic State group’s main stronghold of Raqqa in Syria, the two sources told The Associated Press.

A U.S. airstrike targeted al-Shishani on March 4 in Syria.

The militant group itself has not confirmed his death, but the Islamic State-affiliated Aamaq news agency denied he was killed, saying that “he was not subjected to any injury.”

An American spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition battling the terrorist group in Iraq said the coalition was also confirming al-Shishani’s death.

According to Rami Abdurrahman, of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that tracks the Syrian conflict through a network of activists on the ground, after al-Shishani was wounded, IS “brought a number of doctors to treat him, but they were not able to.”

Mr. Abdurrahman said al-Shishani died in a hospital in the eastern suburbs of Raqqa.

The Iraqi intelligence official, who was unnamed, told that AP al-Shishani was buried in Deir el-Zour on Tuesday. 


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