> Dressed in brown, Islamic State's minister of war, and one of America's most wanted militants, Abu Omar al-Shishani now confirmed dead. IS saying he was killed in the Iraqi city of Shirqat just south of Mosul. The Pentagon had said he died in March in an air strike, IS denied that, saying the man known as Omar the Chechen was just wounded.
Reuters, Stephen Kalin in Baghdad, has the latest.>> We're seeing reports online, chatter and social media from Islamic State supporters, praising him as a leader, sharing condolences with each other, and also promising revenge for this attack. Pointing out, picking out the United States, as well as their many other enemies.
>> The Georgian joined Islamic State in 2013, becoming a close adviser to the group's leader. The US put a $5 million bounty on his head. Analysts say he'll be missed by Islamic State.>> He brought military experience to the group, and he also brought this charisma as one Iraqi analyst described it to me.
A charisma to attract other followers from these Muslim Russian speaking areas, and these fighters have played quite a large role in Islamic State's operations, in Iraq and Syria. And they've also been inspired in places outside of this main battlefield to launch attacks. For example, the suicide attack at Istanbul airport, earlier this month.
>> Iraqi forces are pushing towards Mosul, the largest city still under Islamic State control. It's unclear when the final offensive will take place but the US is sending almost 600 more soldiers to help out. For IS, the noose is tightening.