Abu Omar al-Shishani Leading ISIS in Libya: Local Intelligence Reports Says
Abu Omar al-Shishani, 30 years old, real name Takhan Tayumurazoch Batirashvili, one of the world's most wanted terrorists and prominent terror group commander, although it has been repeatedly reported that he has been killed in U.S. air strikes in Syria or captured by Iraqi forces, but the mysterious al-Shishani remains as elusive as ever.
Al-Shishani recruited British terrorist Mohammed Emwazi ISIS Executioner who Known as “jihadi John” and killed in Drone Strike in ISIS de-Facto Capital Raqqa.
His presence in Libya follows the movement of a number of ISIS commanders away from Syria, where Shishani are facing twin targeting by American and Russian aircraft.
Al-Shishani carved out a barbaric reputation in northern Syria where he led a brigade of foreign fighters responsible for a series of beheadings and operations involving suicide bombers.
Local intelligence reports said a convoy of 14 cars protected by armed vehicles entered the ISIS stronghold of Sirte on the Libyan coast on Monday night.
Among them is believed to be the Chechen commander, Georgia-born Abu Omar al-Shisani, who has recruited many foreign fighters to the terror group, including some Britons.
This week the new ISIS commanders in Sirte wasted no time in establishing their particular brand of terror in the Libyan city.
The day after the arrival of the reinforcements, two lists of names were read out to the local people - one identified those to face execution and the other named individuals singled out to undergo amputations as punishment, according to reports by the Libyan news service Al Wasat.
At least two of the commanders had ‘red beards', a local intelligence source told the agency.
The possible sighting of al-Shishani follows Libyan intelligence reports of the arrival of a mysterious new ISIS leader who uses the alias ‘Abu Omar'.
In the weeks leading up to the arrival of the Libya-bound ISIS force, a number of suspected spies were arrested and then publicly crucified.
Western intelligence estimates that the group's fighters in the country now number between 5,000 and 6,500.
"The formation of the "Islamic State branch in Libya" was a ‘deliberate and strategic' move by the group's leadership in Syria, meant to leverage the chaos in the country to its advantage, concluded a report published this month by security consultants, the Soufan Group."
Al-Shishani is a veteran of the 2008 Russo-Georgian War. When he later arrived in Syria he was the leader of a rebel group of foreign fighters known as Katibat al-Muhajireen (Emigrants Brigade), also known as the Muhajireen Brigade, which included "Jihadi John".
He has been subject to several false alarms about his death or capture since 2014, with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov declaring him dead in November 2014.