Abu Omar al-Shishani

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Abu Omar al-Shishani

Mujahid Emir who is fighting in Syria add

Category: Military

Born in 1986.

Countries: Syria (56%), Russia (11%), Iraq (11%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Al-Nusra Front, Ramzan Kadyrov

Linked to: Islamist groups




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Abu Omar al-Shishani was born in 1986 add something


He rose to the rank of sergeant in a newly formed intelligence unit, and during the 2008 Russia-Georgia War he served near the front line, spying on Russian tank columns and relaying their coordinates to Georgian artillery units add something


Batirashvili was never decorated for his military service, and in 2010 he was diagnosed with tuberculosis add something


The Georgian Defense Ministry says Batirashvili was arrested in September 2010 for illegally harboring weapons, and was sentenced to three years in prison add something


He was allegedly released after serving about 16 months in early 2012 and immediately left the country add something


In an interview, Shishani said that he had considered going to Yemen and briefly lived in Egypt before ultimately arriving in Syria in March 2012 add something


His unit became involved in the Battle of Aleppo, and in October 2012 they assisted the Al-Nusra Front in a raid on an air defense and Scud missile base in Aleppo add something


In December 2012, they fought alongside Al-Nusra Front during the overrunning of the Sheikh Suleiman Army base in Western Aleppo add something


Formerly the leader of the Muhajireen Brigade and later Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar, Batirashvili was named commander of the northern sector of Syria by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the summer of 2013 add something


In late 2013, Batirashvili was replaced as leader of the group by another Chechen commander known as Salahuddin, as most of the Chechen members of the group did not support Batirashvili's oath of allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant due to their preexisting oath to Dokka Umarov of the Caucasus Emirate add something


In February 2013, together with the Tawhid Brigades and the Al-Nusra Front, they stormed the base of the Syrian military's 80th Regiment near the main airport in Aleppo add something


In March 2013, Kavkaz Center reported that the Kataeb al-Muhajireen merged with two Syrian jihadist groups called Jaish Muhammad and Kataeb Khattab, to form a new group called Jaish Muhajireen wal-Ansar, or Army of Emigrants and Helpers add something


The group played a key role in the August 2013 capture of Menagh Air Base, culminating with a VBIED driven by two of their members killing and wounding many of the last remaining Syrian Armed Forces defenders add something


Units under his command have participated in major assaults against Syrian military bases in and around Aleppo, including the capture of Menagh Airbase in August 2013 add something

Abu Omar al-Shishani died in 2014 add something


It has been speculated that he may have become the military chief for ISIL following the death of Abu Abdul-Rahman al-Bilawi al-Anbari in Mosul in June 2014 add something


The US Treasury Department added Batirashvili to its list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists on 24 September 2014 add something


On 13 November 2014, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov posted on his personal Instagram account that al-Shishani had been killed, and posted a photo of a dead ginger-bearded man, however the man in the photograph was not Shishani, and Kadyrov later deleted the post add something


There were further reports of his death in 2015: in May, June and October add something


As of 2016, Abu Omar leads the special battalions of the Islamic State, in particular a unit named as 'the group of the central directorate' which appears to be the primary special forces strike force of the Islamic State add something


In March 2016, several unnamed US Officials told CNN that Shishani may have been killed in a 4 March targeted airstrike near the Syrian town of al-Shadadi; however, they were unable to confirm his death add something


Batirashvili died from his injuries several days after being the target of a 4 March 2016 U.S. airstrike near the al-Shaddadi region in Northern Syria, according to U.S. officials add something


On 14 March 2016, two U.S. officials told CNN that there was confirmation al-Shishani had died after the airstrike add something


On 13 July 2016, ISIS confirmed that Shishani had died during battle in the town of Al-Shirqat in Iraq add something


On 19 July 2018, Turkish authorities announced that they captured five ISIS suspects on 4 July in Istanbul including Seda Dudurkaeva, wife of Batirashvili, whose father is Asu Dudurkaev, a former Chechen minister of Georgian origin, who was sacked by Ramzan Kadyrov from his position due to his failure to prevent his daughter from travelling to join her first husband, Hamzat Borchashvili, in Syria add something