Iraqi official, Syrian activist: Senior IS leader dead

This image made from video posted online Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, by supporters of the Tripoli Province of the Islamic State (IS) in Libya on a social media site, shows training of it's "Islamic police" in Sirte, Libya. (militant video via AP)

BAGHDAD (AP) — A senior Iraqi intelligence official and the head of a Syrian activist group say top Islamic State group leader Omar al-Shishani has died outside the IS stronghold of Raqqa in Syria.

The official and Rami Abdurrahman, of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, say al-Shishani died on Monday of wounds suffered in a U.S. airstrike last week.

Al-Shishani, a read-bearded ethnic Chechen, was one of the most prominent IS commanders, serving as the group’s military commander in Syria.

Abdurrahman says IS “brought a number of doctors to treat him, but they were not able to.” The Iraqi official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to the media.

Despite some territorial losses, IS still controls large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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