Omar al-Shishani aka Tarkhan Batirashvili (Islamic State / ISIS) -- INDIVIDUAL PROFILE

Tarkhan Batirashvili (28) known by his nom de guerre Abu Omar al-Shishani or Omar al-Shishani is the most senior military commander of the Islamic State’s (IS) Military Wing in Syria. His leadership position within the IS follows the death of the former commander of IS forces, Abu Abdul-Rahman al-Bilawi al-Anbari, who was killed in Mosul in early June 2014. Al-Shishani is an extremist and fanatical Islamist, uncompromising in his support of the IS which is complemented by experience in warfare (due to his involvement in the wars with Russia in the Caucasus region) that has added to the respect and support he has among IS fighters.  Position with IS Leadership StructureThe following TRAC illustration indicates Shishani's position within the IS - circled in red:

Omar al-Shishani aka Tarkhan Batirashvili (Islamic State / ISIS) -- INDIVIDUAL PROFILE, also known as Abu Umar the Chechen is an active group formed c. 2012.
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