An undated video posted on social media, shows Islamic State senior operative Abu Omar al-Shishani (C) sitting with fighters in an unknown location. Social Media/Reuters
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The death of Daesh's (ISIS) "minister of war" may disrupt its operations, a senior U.S. military officer said Thursday, and an Iraqi security expert said it could damage Daesh's important recruitment efforts in ex-Soviet republics.Hisham al-Hashimi, who advises Iraq's government on Islamist armed groups, said Shishani had been wounded in the March attack but was treated at a hospital in Shirqat, a Daesh stronghold about 250 km north of Baghdad.He said Shishani was killed earlier this week in a nearby village along with an aide by an airstrike during combat with U.S.-backed Iraqi forces closing in on the area.Asked about the potential impact, MacFarland said it could disrupt Daesh operations if Shishani were indeed dead.Shishani was one of only a few Islamist leaders with a professional military background and had several hundred fighters, mostly from ex-Soviet republics, under his command when he came to prominence in a 2013 battle against Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces in northern Syria.
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