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ISIS sends Chechen commander to Kobane

By Rudaw 26/10/2014
Chechen Al-Shishani was appointed commander of ISIS’s northern operations last year and is widely considered one of their most powerful military leaders.
Chechen Al-Shishani was appointed commander of ISIS’s northern operations last year and is widely considered one of their most powerful military leaders.

QAMISHLI, Syria - The Islamic State leadership has ordered a prominent Chechen commander to Kobane, according to a Rudaw source inside ISIS-controlled territory. 

The source, in the town of Tepke in the Islamic State’s heartland of Syria’s Raqqa province, said  Abu Omar al-Shishani, a known Chechen fighter, has been ordered to leave Shingal area in Iraq, where ISIS forces are currently laying siege to thousands of Yezidi civilians protected by Yezidi brigades and Kurds from Iraq, Syria, and Turkey.

Al-Shishani was appointed commander of ISIS’s northern operations last year and is widely considered one of their most powerful military leaders. 

The source said Abu Hamza Bormi would be his replacement in Shingal, where ISIS is seeking a victory to compensate for heavy casualties in defeats at Rabia and Zumar, both strategic towns situated along a highway connecting northern Syria to Mosul and the rest of Iraq.  

He reported a large number of ISIS fighters have massed in Raqqa for deployment to Kobane—where the militants have laid siege to Syrian Kurdish fighters for over a month—as well as to various fronts in Iraq. 

Referring to recent infighting within the organization, the source said foreign fighters, known as Muhajirin, were complaining that their Syrian counterparts were not bearing the brunt of the organization’s high-casualty attacks. Analysts note that foreign fighters are often used in suicide attacks in strategically important battles, such as the offensive against Mosul in June. 

According to Rudaw’s source in Tepke, the ISIS leadership will send reinforcements to Idlib province, southeast of Aleppo, to try to dilute the concentration of US-led coalition airstrikes in Kobane. 

Another shift in strategy would be to remove heavy weapons and artillery from near Kobane, in order to avoid airstrikes. At the same time ISIS planned to increase the number of car bomb and motorcycle suicide attacks in Kobane.

A Rudaw team on the Turkish border reported three rounds of coalition airstrikes in Kobane beginning Saturday between 10pm and 2 am. There was also fighting east and southeast of the city, giving way to relative calm on Sunday morning.  

 

Fighting erupted again on Sunday between ISIS and the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Syrian Kurdish force defending the city, when coalition airplanes bombed an ISIS target at approximately 12:30pm. 

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Renas | 26/10/2014
ISIS terrorists with thousands foreign fighters don't managed to defeat the Kurds. Kurds fight for their own and destroy this terrorist group which have people from over 100 different nations in it. Kurds destroyed ISIS in Zumar and they will destroy them in Kobane, Sengal, Mosul and all other areas.
Faces of ISIS | 26/10/2014
Clearly we can see who were all behind this so called umbrella name "ISIS" with no face (faces of shame!!!); and these Chechens are one nation of terrorists amongst others who joined to kill innocent: men, women and children which I won't go too much into graphical details of all horrible ordeals that our people went through, however all those who suffered will always be remembered. Therefore Chechens are one group of many to add to our death list and to take back our vengeance. One day will come when these dogs will fall on their knees begging for mercy. Kurds will inevitably rise to power...and you will see what will happen.
Faces of ISIS | 26/10/2014
Clearly we can see who were all behind this so called umbrella name "ISIS" with no face (faces of shame!!!); and these Chechens are one nation of terrorists amongst others who joined to kill innocent: men, women and children which I won't go too much into graphical details of all horrible ordeals that our people went through, however all those who suffered will always be remembered. Therefore Chechens are one group of many to add to our death list and to take back our vengeance. One day will come when these dogs will fall on their knees begging for mercy. Kurds will inevitably rise to power...and you will see what will happen.
Ari | 26/10/2014
This red bearded baby killer and a brutal psychopath will hopefully have his last meal in Kobane. Kurds have taken on far more brutal nasty baby killers like their sheikh Saddam Hussain! These Chechen losers were decisively defeated by the Russians! if any one of them is man enough he would go and continue the fight against the Russians not innocent Kurds defending their homes and land.
Death for Islamists | 26/10/2014
Alshishani and his psychopath-killers will be crushed to death and beyond...,in Kobane. At the the end of this war we will have our independent Kurdistan.
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