Syrian Observatory says DAESH commander still alive

SOHR says DAESH commander is still alive but badly wounded falsifying earlier US report regarding his death

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Senior DAESH leader, Abu Omar al Shishani, also known as Omar the Chechen seen in this photo.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday that DAESH commander, thought to be killed in an US air strike, was badly injured but still alive, contradicting earlier report by the US officials who said he was likely killed.

Abu Omar al Shishani, also known as Omar the Chenchen and described by the Pentagon as the group’s "minister of war," was targeted near the town of al Shadadi in Syria, the US officials said on Tuesday. 

However, SOHR Director Rami Abdulrahman said the commander was badly wounded but not killed and had been transferred to a DAESH base in Raqqa for treatment.

"He did not die," Abdulrahman said.

Abu Omar al Shishani was born in 1986 in Georgia, which was then still part of the Soviet Union. 

He has a reputation as being a close military adviser to DAESH leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, who was said by followers to have relied heavily on Shishani.

TRTWorld, Reuters