Washington put a $5 million bounty on Omar al-Shishani’s head.
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A fierce, battle-hardened warlord with roots in Georgia and a thick red beard, Omar al-Shishani is one of the most notorious faces of the extremist group Daesh (ISIS). A U.S. official said Wednesday that Shishani – whose real name is Tarkhan Batirashvili – "likely died" in an assault earlier this month by U.S. warplanes and drones in northeastern Syria.Shishani, whose nom de guerre means Omar the Chechen, was one of the Daesh leaders most wanted by Washington, which put a $5 million bounty on his head.Shishani comes from the Pankisi Gorge region that is populated mainly by ethnic Chechens.Shishani is not, however, a member of Daesh's political leadership, a structure that is even murkier than its military command.
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