New reports suggest that one of the top leaders of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) may have died during the air strikes conducted by the U.S. military force last week.
Two U.S. officials tipped off CNN that the terrorist group’s senior operative Omar al-Shishani was badly injured in the aforementioned operation and consequently died. Unfortunately, the two did not disclose how they were able to confirm Shishani’s death.
However, one solid reason cited that led U.S. to believe that Shishani has indeed been killed was when his communication line purportedly went silent while officers were trying to spy and sneak into his contact signal.
“Batirashvili is a battle-tested leader with experience who had led ISIL fighters in numerous engagements in Iraq and Syria,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook revealed referring to Shishani whose real name is Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili.
“His potential removal from the battlefield would negatively impact ISIL’s ability to recruit foreign fighters — especially those from Chechnya and the Caucus regions — and degrade ISIL’s ability to coordinate attacks and defense of its strongholds like Raqqah, Syria, and Mosul, Iraq,” he added.
Shishani played major roles in the ISIS organization being one of their most well equipped leaders. In the years that he had been active, the U.S. State Department launched a serious man-hunt on him even offering a $5 million reward for his head.
On the other hand, ISIS’ media wing, the Aamaq agency, rolled out their press release last Tuesday denying the claim. More so, they even revealed that Shishani was not even injured during the attacks.
In light of this recent reports, TIME Magazine published an article revealing three of the most hunted men from ISIS. The list includes Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who serves as the commander-in-chief of group. He has been a huge influence especially with the group’s recruitment process. He currently has a $10 million reward for his head.
Baghdadi is followed by one of the oldest member of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli. He served as the interim leader of the group when Baghdadi was badly injured during an airstrike in March proving that he is very much able to run the organized terrorist group.
Abu Mohammed al-Adnani on the other hand is a 38-year-old Syrian who has rose through the ranks and now serves as the senior spokesman for the group since 2014. Like Shishani, Adnani has a $5 million bounty on his head.