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U.S. training helped mold top Islamic State military commander

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 7:26
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Tarkhan Batirashvili was a natural military star when he joined Georgia’s military

Fought the Russians during 2008 war, but left Georgia for Turkey in 2012

In Syria, he’s known as Abu Omar al Shishani, commander in several major victories

Abu Omar al Shishani, whose real name is Tarkhan Batirashvili, appears with other Russian-speaking Islamic State fighters in an Islamic State video, from which this image was captured. Ethnic Chechens, who have fought two wars in a failed effort to achieve independence from Russia, are among the largest groups of Islamic State foreign fighters. Screenshot from ISIS Video ….


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