TBILISI, DFWatch–A 39-year-old man from Pankisi Valley in northeastern Georgia has reportedly been killed fighting on for the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) in Syria.
The death of Omar Margoshvili, reported by Information Centre of Kakheti on Wednesday, brings the number of Georgian militants to die in the Syrian war to seventeen, according to a list compiled by the news website.
Margoshvili, who was a native of the Pankisi village Duisi, fought in the Yarmuk Battalion led by Akhmed Chatayev, known also as Akhmed al-Shishani. Chatayev was designated by the U.S. Treasury Department as a terrorist in 2015. He was involved in the military operation in Lapankuri in 2012.
Margoshvili left Georgia for Turkey in September 2015, and went from there to Syria. He is survived by his two wives and their seven and three children, respectively.
Another Georgian-born militant, 22-year-old Aslanbeg Borchashvili, was reported killed in the Syrian war on Tuesday.