An ISIS commander described by spies as the terror group’s ‘Minister of War’ is believed to have been killed in a US air strike in Syria in a major blow to the bloodthirsty jihadis.
American officials said Abu Omar al-Shishani, also known as Omar the Chechen, ranked among America’s most wanted militants.
Born in 1986 in Georgia, which was then still part of the Soviet Union, the red-bearded Shishani had a reputation as a top military adviser to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The strike itself involved multiple waves of manned and unmanned aircraft, targeting Shishani near the town of al-Shadadi in Syria, a US official said.
The Pentagon believes Shishani was sent there to bolster Islamic State troops after they suffered a series of setbacks at the hands of US-backed forces from the Syrian Arab Coalition, which captured al-Shadadi from the militants last month.
The US offered up to $5 million for information to help remove him from the battlefield.
Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the US military was still assessing the results of the strike, but acknowledged its potential significance.
Shishani “was a Syrian-based Georgian national who held numerous top military positions within ISIL (another name for ISIS ), including Minister of War.”