Skip to comments.Chechen in Syria a rising star in extremist group.
Posted on 07/03/2014 2:06:24 AM PDT by wetphoenix
BEIRUT (AP) A young, red-bearded ethnic Chechen has rapidly become one of the most prominent commanders in the breakaway al-Qaida group that has overrun swaths of Iraq and Syria, illustrating the international nature of the movement.
Omar 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.
In a video released by the group over the weekend, al-Shishani is shown standing next to the group's spokesman among a group of fighters as they declare the elimination of the border between Iraq and Syria. The video was released just hours before the extremist group announced the creation of a caliphate or Islamic state in the areas it controls.
"Our aim is clear and everyone knows why we are fighting. Our path is toward the caliphate," the 28-year-old al-Shishani declares. "We will bring back the caliphate, and if God does not make it our fate to restore the caliphate, then we ask him to grant us martyrdom." The video is consistent with other Associated Press reporting on al-Shishani.
Al-Shishani has been the group's military commander in Syria, leading it on an offensive to take over a broad stretch of territory leading to the Iraq border. But he may have risen to become the group's overall military chief, a post that has been vacant after the Iraqi militant who once held it known as Abu Abdul-Rahman al-Bilawi al-Anbari was killed in the Iraqi city of Mosul in early June. The video identified al-Shishani as "the military commander" without specifying its
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Another reason Putin’s Russia has to fight these folks and their Islamic State. Al Baghdadi is good at Propaganda—if he can keep the ball rolling he just might do something. He must take Baghdad first.
Martyrdom it is...
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