Tarkhan Batirashvili alias Umar al-Shishani

Al-Qaeda commander from Pankisi reported dead in Syria

By | December 18th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Salahuddin al-Shishani, whose real name was Giorgi Margoshvili, was reportedly killed in Syria’s northern Hama province. TBILISI, DFWatch–A high-profile al-Qaeda affiliated field commander of Georgian-Kist origin has been killed in the Syrian civil war. Reports by Syrian and Lebanese news agencies said Salahuddin al-Shishani, was killed during a Russian air raid near Hama province, in northern Syria. […]

US confirms Shishani’s death

By | March 15th, 2016|Categories: In brief|Tags: , , , |

Undated photo of Tarkhan Batirashvili, Abu Omar Shishani TBILISI, DFWatch–Pentagon officials confirm the death of the Islamic State’s prominent field commander Tarkhan Batirashvili (Omar al-Shishani), CNN reported. On 9 March, major Western news outlets reported that Mr Batirashvili, 30, was ‘likely killed’ in […]

Georgian defense minister: We have been informed of al-Shishani’s death

By | March 9th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

Tina Khidasheli. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Defense Minister Tina Khidasheli says the U.S. government has informed that there is an assumption that Tarkhan Batirashvili, known as Omar al-Shishani or Omar the Chechen, was killed on Friday, but they are studying the situation. […]

CNN, Reuters report Georgian-born IS militant’s killed by U.S. forces

By | March 9th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

Undated photo of Abu Omar TBILISI, DFWatch–Several media reported Tuesday that Georgian-born militant Omar al-Shishani, one of the Islamic State’s top commanders, has been killed by U.S. forces. CNN, Reuters and other media reported that Shishani, whose birth name is Tarkhan […]

Pentagon denies capture of IS commander from Pankisi

By | December 29th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

Undated photo of Abu Omar TBILISI, DFWatch–The Pentagon has denied the capture of Islamic State commander Omar Al-Shishani, a citizen of Georgia whose birth name is Tarkhan Batirashvili. A spokesperson for the U.S. Defense Department told Ria Novosti that the information […]

IS commander from Pankisi reportedly captured by US/Kurdish commandos

By | December 28th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Tarkhan Batirashvili, a.k.a. Abu Omar al-Shishani, a notorious IS field commander from Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge, was reportedly seized by Kurdish and American commandos in Northern Iraq on Friday. Undated photo of Abu Omar Abu Omar’s arrest was reported by the Russian […]

ISIS commander from Pankisi reported to have died in Iraqi air raid

By | October 12th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Omar al-Shishani, also known as Tarkhan Batirashvili. TBILISI, DFWatch–An Iranian news agency reports that Omar Al-Shishani, an ISIS commander who originally comes from Pankisi, Georgia, has died in an Iraqi air raid. The reports have not yet been confirmed. IRNA reports that Iraqi fighter jets wounded […]

Police in Georgia conduct special operation in Pankisi

By | June 15th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

Omar Al-Shishani, or Tarkhan Batirashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian police on Sunday carried out a special operation in Pankisi, a valley in the northeast of the country mostly inhabited by Kists, who are ethnic Chechens. Omar Al-Shishani, or Tarkhan Batirashvili, one of the field commanders of ISIS, was born and raised in Pankisi. He left [...]

Georgian man stabs sister for not wearing hijab

By | October 1st, 2014|Categories: Minorities, News|Tags: , , , , |

The mosque in Duisi, Pankisi Gorge. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A man from Pankisi Gorge stabbed his sister in the chest with a knife for refusing to wear a hijab. The brother, 35, inflicted 7 wounds on his 33 year old sister, a former police officer. Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge is located in the northeast […]

Sixth Georgian from Pankisi Gorge dies in Syrian war

By | September 25th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Muslim Shishani, from Pankisi Gorge in Georgia. TBILISI, DFWatch–An 18 year old Georgian has died in the Syrian civil war. He is the sixth fighter to die in the war who is a native of Pankisi Gorge. Pankisi Gorge in the northeast of Georgia was used as a jihadist base during both Chechen wars, and this was where […]