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Omar al-Shishani

Someone claiming to be his father says Omar's real name is Tarkhan Batirashvili and he's not from Chechnya, but Georgia, although from a former stronghold of Chechen militants who became his role models (and now I see that his identity is already known in the Al Akhbar piece above). --CE (talk) 14:38, 11 July 2014 (UTC)
The Georgian state extends into Chechen territory on the northern side of the Caucasus mountains through some gorge. -- 12:56, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
How Omar once almost gave an interview to Australian Radio. Donkeys indeed. ;oP --CE (talk) 15:29, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Especially the Georgian military part of his CV is sometimes tied to NATO.

Wikipedia: Abu Omar al-Shishani: Military Service

Baldur (talk) 01:26, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

Reported killed lifenews.ru AIF-Russian --Resup (talk) 20:23, 13 November 2014 (UTC)

Apparently the claim comes directly from Kadyrov who has a track-record of pulling things like this out of his rear end. He claims Omar was killed in Chechnya. I really can't imagine a reason why he should be in Chechnya at this time. If confirmed, this is HUGE, as this guy has been at the controlling wheel of every major ISIS military success. --CE (talk) 22:15, 13 November 2014 (UTC)
Chechnya as a place of event is likely due to lousy translator. Lifenews (in Russian) says Syria, quoting their sources in law enforcement of Chechnya. Kadyrov posted a brief message and a photo; place was not specified; photo tends to disappear, but was there in lifenews.ru when I looked. Photo was also on instragram, but can't find now. --Resup (talk) 23:01, 13 November 2014 (UTC)
Interesting. Yeah, the pic is still there on lifenews.ru and looks rather plausible. We'll see. --CE (talk) 23:29, 13 November 2014 (UTC)

In March 2016, Pentagon officials claimed that Omar, who had been reported dead numerous times before, was killed in an airstrike near Raqqa on March 4. A week later, an Iraqi intelligence offical and SOHR head Rami Abdulrahman confirmed the reports. al-Shishani is said to have died in a hospital in the suburbs of Raqqa and been buried near Deir Ezzour. An ISIS-affiliated news agency denied the reports. According to Al-Masdar, in July 2016 ISIS media confirmed that Shishani is dead.

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