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    Syrian Monitor: US Strike Did Not Kill Islamic State Commander

    FILE - Tarkhan Batirashvili – known by his aliases ‘Omar al-Shishani’ and 'Omar the Chechen' – is one of the most senior Islamic State military commanders and a former sergeant in the Georgian Army. The U.S. is trying to determine if an airstrike last wee
    FILE - Tarkhan Batirashvili – known by his aliases ‘Omar al-Shishani’ and 'Omar the Chechen' – is one of the most senior Islamic State military commanders and a former sergeant in the Georgian Army. The U.S. is trying to determine if an airstrike last wee
    VOA News

    A group that monitors violence in Syria says an Islamic State militant described as the group's military commander was seriously injured, but not killed, in an airstrike last week.

    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday that Tarkhan Batirashvili, also known as Abu Omar al-Shishani or "Omar the Chechen," was taken after the strike to the Islamic State stronghold in Raqqa, Syria for treatment.

    U.S. officials had said he was likely killed by the airstrike near the northeastern town of al-Shaddadi. 

    An official speaking to VOA on the condition of anonymity Tuesday said Batirashvili was believed to be in the area to assess the strength of his forces and boost morale after losing territory to U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.  The official said the airstrike killed as many as 12 Islamic State fighters.

    Batirashvili is one of the most wanted terrorists by the United States, which is offering a $5 million reward for information that brings him to justice.

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    by: annynmous from: usa
    March 10, 2016 4:26 AM
    we are fighting ideology not individual . once a person killed or injury, many are going to replace him. since the country run democrat whom justify all non sense done by radical Muslim as normal. we put the gas on fire that is going to destroy the entire middle east and it will have impact on us by raising terrorism and local violence.
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    by: meanbill from: USA
    March 10, 2016 9:46 AM
    Seriously? .. In retrospect, and looking back, would it have made any difference at all, (or did it make any difference at all), if the US drone bomb had killed, (or didn't kill), Omar the Chechen in the 15 year US war to defeat the tens of thousands of terrorists that are spreading all over the world and have become a real world power now? .. If Omar the Chechen is dead or alive, it changes nothing, (nor will it change anything at all), in the war to defeat the terrorists that are attacking people and countries worldwide? .. Remember that Obama did kill Bin Laden, [but], what difference did his death make (if any) in defeating all the other tens of thousands of terrorists worldwide?

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