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Top ISIS pioneer 'basically harmed' in U.S. airstrike, activists say

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Washington (CNN)A top ISIS pioneer, known as Omar "the Chechen" al-Shishani, was "basically harmed" in a U.S. airstrike in northeastern Syria a week ago, activists for a Syrian resistance bunch said Wednesday.

The U.S. military and knowledge group was surveying Tuesday whether the strike had killed al-Shishani, a few U.S. authorities told CNN. The strike occurred on Friday close to the Syrian town of al-Shaddadi. There were likewise 12 extra ISIS contenders likely executed in the strike, Pentagon representative Peter Cook said in an announcement.

Al-Shishani has a notoriety for being one of ISIS' most skilled leaders. There has been a $5 million prize on his head from the U.S. State Department. Shishani is a previous individual from a tip top Georgian military unit.

"Batirashvili is a fight tried pioneer with experience who had driven ISIL warriors in various engagements in Iraq and Syria," Cook said in the announcement.

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"His potential expulsion from the front line would adversely effect ISIL's capacity to select remote contenders - particularly those from Chechnya and the Caucus locales - and corrupt ISIL's capacity to facilitate assaults and safeguard of its fortresses such as Raqqah, Syria, and Mosul, Iraq," Cook said.

Al-Shishani was going in caravan in the southern al-Hasakah rural areas when the strike happened, by London-based resistance dissident gathering, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. He was then exchanged to Raqqa, as indicated by the gathering.

Shishani joined ISIS in 2013, the same authority said, and later was accountable for a jail close Raqqa where the fear association may have held remote prisoners.

Shishani trained the gathering to transport vehicles and weapons to Syria from Iraq in June 2014, and he was inevitably named ISIS' northern officer by pioneer Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, managing military operations in northern Syria, the safeguard official said.

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