Abu Omar al Shishani, the former Georgian soldier Tarkhan Batirashvili, fought Russians in Chechnya and Georgia before he became a top military commander in the Islamic State. The presence of thousands of Russian-speaking fighters among radical jihadi groups in Syria provides a powerful motivation for Russian involvement there.
Abu Omar al Shishani, the former Georgian soldier Tarkhan Batirashvili, fought Russians in Chechnya and Georgia before he became a top military commander in the Islamic State. The presence of thousands of Russian-speaking fighters among radical jihadi groups in Syria provides a powerful motivation for Russian involvement there. Frame grab from isis video Screenshot from Islamic State video
Abu Omar al Shishani, the former Georgian soldier Tarkhan Batirashvili, fought Russians in Chechnya and Georgia before he became a top military commander in the Islamic State. The presence of thousands of Russian-speaking fighters among radical jihadi groups in Syria provides a powerful motivation for Russian involvement there. Frame grab from isis video Screenshot from Islamic State video

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