Officials: Senior Islamic State Leader Possibly Killed in Strike

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -
This photo, posted in June 2014, on a social media-account frequently associated with Islamic State, shows Omar al-Shishani standing next to the group's spokesman among a group of fighters as they declare the elimination of the border between Iraq and Syria. (AP Photo/militant social media account via AP video)
This photo, posted in June 2014, on a social media-account frequently associated with Islamic State, shows Omar al-Shishani standing next to the group’s spokesman among a group of terrorists. (AP Photo/militant social media account via AP video)

A senior Islamic State leader, Abu Omar al-Shishani, a Syrian-based Georgian national, may have been killed in a March 4 air strike by the U.S.-led coalition near the Syrian town of al-Shadadi, U.S. officials told Reuters.

The United States had offered up to $5 million reward for information about Shishani, also known as Omar the Chechen, who officials said served as the group’s de facto minister of war.