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ISIL Appoints Saddam’s Army General as ‘New War Minister’

27 September 2016 23:19



A senior commander of Iraqi popular forces revealed on Tuesday that ISIL has appointed a Saddam-era army commander as its ‘new war minister’ to replace the terror group’s notorious former war minister, Abu Omar al-Shishani, who was killed early in Summer.

“ISIL leaders in a meeting held in the vicinity of Iraq’s Anbar province selected former senior Iraq Army officer Yaseen al-Muadhidi, nom de guerre Abu Taha, as the terror group’s new war minister,” Senior commander in Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces, locally known as Hashd al-Sha’abi, Colonel Nazem al-Chuqaifi said on Tuesday.

Abu Taha is among the most senior commanders and Emirs within the hierarchy of the ISIL terrorist group, and has fought with the group, after pledging allegiance to the group some five years ago.

Intelligence data about the new ISIL minister suggests that he was among the most prominent officers in the now-disbanded Iraqi army under Saddam Hussein and ranked as lieutenant general in 2003. The former Iraqi army was disbanded after the fall of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

The new ISIL minister has had several senior positions, including commander of the special forces in Saddam’s Army and served in several other high-ranking security and military positions.

In July, ISIL terrorist group eventually admitted that the murderous red-bearded militant, known as Abu Omar al-Shishani, had been killed.

The revelation, published by ISIL mouthpiece Amaq Agency, came four months after several sources publicly reported al-Shishani’s death.

Omar the Chechen was born in 1986 in Georgia, which was then still part of the Soviet Union, and had a reputation as a top military adviser to ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Born with the name Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili, the notorious militant once fought as a rebel in Chechnya before joining Georgia’s military in 2006.

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