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Breaking News: American Forces Kill Top ISIS Leader!

This image made from undated video posted during the weekend of June 28, 2014 on a social media account frequently used for communications by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows Omar al-Shishani standing next to the group's spokesman among a group of fighters as they declare the elimination of the border between Iraq and Syria. Al-Shishani, one of hundreds of Chechens who have been among the toughest jihadi fighters in Syria, has emerged as the face of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, appearing frequently in its online videos — in contrast to the group's Iraqi leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who remains deep in hiding and has hardly ever been photographed. (AP Photo/militant social media account via AP video)

New details are emerging that a U.S. airstrike may have killed senior ISIS leader Omar “the Chechen.”

From CNN:

The U.S. military and intelligence community is assessing whether a targeted U.S. airstrike killed a top ISIS leader, known as Omar “the Chechen,” several U.S. officials told CNN.

The strike took place on Friday near the Syrian town of al-Shaddadi.

Abu Omar al-Shishani, the ISIS leader targeted in the strike, has a reputation as one of ISIS’ most capable commanders. There has been a $5 million reward on his head from the U.S. State Department. Shishani is a former member of an elite Georgian military unit.

And from The Washington Post:

The Pentagon was still confirming Shishani’s death, said the defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not been made public. The official said 12 other Islamic State fighters were also killed in the strike, which hit the town of Shadadi.

A Georgian by birth known also as “Omar the Chechen,” Shishani fought in the Georgian armed forces during the country’s short war in 2008 against the Russians. After serving out his time in his home country, Shishani joined a number of rebel brigades fighting in Syria following the start of the country’s civil war in 2012. Sometime around 2012 or 2013, Shishani joined the Islamic State. In September 2014, Shishani was added to the U.S. Treasury Department’s list of specially designated global terrorists.

According to a post in the Long War Journal following Treasury’s announcement, Shishani “has held a number of top military positions within” the Islamic State.

Stay with Headline Politics as we attempt to confirm the authenticity of this news!

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