Talk:U.S. Air Strikes in Iraq
- US special forces have captured Abu Omar al- Shishani , one of the leaders of IS, and two other commanders, in a special operation in the Iraqi province of Kirkuk, according to a report by EIN news (which I was not able to locate), re-broadcasted by TASS (Rus.), Dec 27, 2015. Also on Almasdar News: Despite Tass News being fairly credible, Abu Omar (al Shishani) has admittedly been reported dead countless times in the past years; latest in May, June and October of 2015.
- and by Kadyrov in November...Reported killed 5 times since 2013...
- FARS claims that some Arabic-language media reported that Al-Shishani was arrested in a joint military operation with the US special force, but Pentagon rejected that its forces had any role in al-Shishani's capture. . Bild also say that this is not confirmed by Pentagon.
- Sputnik: The US commandos have captured two field commanders and Abu Omar Al-Shishani," ministry's spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan said, adding that the captives had been transported to the city of Sulaymaniyah. A Pentagon spokesman, however, denied the report by the Iraqi authorities. "Not true," the official replied to a question posed by RIA Novosti. Baghdad’s reports of the capture of Islamic State leader Abu Omar Al-Shishani are rumors, a Pentagon spokesperson told Sputnik on Monday.“These are rumors only,” the spokesperson said, when asked to confirm or deny the reports by the Iraqi Interior Ministry.
(Russia has a stake here, because of the connection with Chechen /Caucuses militant extremism. Early report by TASS may be for the purpose of not having him disappeared, attempting forming the events perhaps?).