Abu Omar al-Shishani

1986 - 2016

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Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili (Georgian: თარხან ბათირაშვილი; 11 January 1986 – 10 July 2016), known by his nom de guerre Abu Omar al-Shishani (Arabic: أَبُو عُمَرَ ٱلشِّيشَانِيِّ‎, romanized: ʾAbū ʿUmar aš-Šīšānī) or Omar al-Shishani, was a Georgian Chechen jihadist who served as a commander for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and was previously as a sergeant in the Georgian Army.A veteran of the 2008 Russo-Georgian War, Batirashvili became a jihadist after being discharged from the Georgian military and served in various command positions with Islamist militant groups fighting in the Syrian Civil War. He became the leader of the Syrian rebel group Muhajireen Brigade (Emigrants Brigade), and its successor, Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (Army of Emigrants and Supporters). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Abu Omar al-Shishani has received more than 864,799 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Abu Omar al-Shishani is the 1,425th most popular military personnel (down from 1,178th in 2019), the 185th most popular biography from Georgia (down from 135th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Georgian Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Abu Omar al-Shishani ranks 1,425 out of 1,466Before him are Sir Henry Wilson, 1st Baronet, John Hunt, Baron Hunt, William J. Hardee, Andy McNab, Daniel Harvey Hill, and John Buford. After him are Julian Byng, 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy, Sterling Price, Lewis H. Brereton, Michael Mullen, George Rogers Clark, and Max Horton.

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Among people born in 1986, Abu Omar al-Shishani ranks 137Before him are Maître Gims, Nacho Monreal, Luigi Di Maio, Ola Toivonen, Balázs Dzsudzsák, and Raúl García. After him are Rajon Rondo, Lee Donghae, Yang Mi, Moussa Sow, Stjepan Hauser, and Yohan Cabaye. Among people deceased in 2016, Abu Omar al-Shishani ranks 408Before him are Tommy Kono, Rita Barberá, Francisco Flores Pérez, Hanoi Hannah, Vince Boryla, and Stephen Keshi. After him are Anatoli Isayev, Rod Temperton, Gloria DeHaven, George Voinovich, Jerry Doyle, and Sverre Kjelsberg.

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Among people born in Georgia, Abu Omar al-Shishani ranks 185 out of 292Before him are Tengiz Sulakvelidze (1956), Valery Meladze (1965), Medea Jugeli (1925), Miho Mosulishvili (1962), Givi Nodia (1948), and Georgiy Gongadze (1969). After him are Khatia Buniatishvili (1987), Mamuka Bakhtadze (1982), Zurab Noghaideli (1964), Levan Kobiashvili (1977), Grigol Vashadze (1958), and Roman Dzindzichashvili (1944).


Among military personnels born in Georgia, Abu Omar al-Shishani ranks 3Before him are Aleksei Brusilov (1853) and Meliton Kantaria (1920).