Pentagon says senior commander of IS, dead


The Pentagon has confirmed that a senior commander of so-called Islamic State is dead.

Defence officials said Omar Shishani died from injuries sustained in a recent US air strike in north-eastern Syria.

Earlier reports had suggested Shishani, a Georgian whose real name was Tarkhan Batirashvili, may have survived the attack on a convoy.

Several of his bodyguards were killed in the same bombing.

The strike took place on 4th March near the north-eastern town of Shaddadi, where Shishani had reportedly been sent to bolster local IS forces.