This file photo made available on June 29, 2014 shows Abu Omar al-Shishani (Tarkhan Batirashvili), a Georgian fighting with the Islamic State jihadist group, at an unknown location in Syria. / AFP / Al-Itisam Media / STRINGER /
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Top ISIS commander leader Omar al-Shishani, known as Omar the Chechen, was "seriously injured" in a recent strike in northeastern Syria but not killed despite U.S. suggestions to the contrary, an activist group said.The United States had stopped short of declaring Shishani dead, but a U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity said Shishani "likely died" in the assault by waves of U.S. warplanes and drones, along with 12 other ISIS fighters.Shishani was one of the ISIS leaders most wanted by Washington, which put a $5 million bounty on his head.As early as May 2013, when ISIS was just emerging in Syria, he was appointed the group's military commander for the north of the country, Tamimi said.Shishani is not, however, a member of ISIS' political leadership, a structure that is even murkier than its military command.
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