Top ISIS leader may have been killed in U.S. airstrike

Posted at 4:34 PM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 16:34:51-05

The U.S. military and intelligence community is assessing whether a targeted U.S. airstrike killed a top ISIS leader, known as Omar “the Chechen,” several U.S. officials told CNN.

The strike took place on Friday near the Syrian town of al-Shaddadi.

Abu Omar al-Shishani, the ISIS leader targeted in the strike, has a reputation as one of ISIS’ most capable commanders. There has been a $5 million reward on his head from the U.S. State Department. Shishani is a former member of an elite Georgian military unit.