Abu Omar al-Shishani! A man in the manner of a Baybars.
From that previous blog entry:
"Also, YES, there are Chechen fighters embedded within the combat units of ISIL. Combatants I would have to think with a lot of military experience and also possessing a fanaticism almost unmatched and without peer."
"THIS ONE PARTICULAR ISIL VIDEO AS SEEN ON THE INTERNET DOES SHOW A RED-BEARDED WHITE GUY SPEAKING RUSSIAN. MORE THAN LIKELY A CHECHEN."
Abu Omar now swims with the fishes? NO MORE bombastic pronouncements? We shall see.
Here with the identification:
Abu Omar al-Shishani that nom de guerre his given name Tarkhan Batirashvili. An ethnic Chechen correctly called a Kist. A Chechen from Georgia.
"Tarkhan Batirashvili . . . more commonly known by his nom de guerre Abu Omar al-Shishani or Omar al-Shishani . . . is an ethnic Georgian, Kist (Chechens from Georgia) from the mother side and a leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria. Batirashvili was the leader of the rebel group Katibat al-Muhajireen (Emigrants Brigade), also known as the Muhajireen Brigade, and its successor, Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (Army of Emigrants and Supporters) . . . He reportedly became Minister of War in June 2014 before reportedly being killed by Kurdish fighters at Mosul Dam in the 2014 Northern Iraq offensive on or slightly before August 7, 2014."
And a man with a military background, a special operations type soldier with combat service before his ISIL experience. Reputedly killed in action just a few days ago? This remains to be seen.
P.S.: When editing this blog entry it became posted for some reason as brand new. Understand it was originally seen from last summer and the original ISIL onslaught.
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