' One Fathers Recollection of Reasons Why His Son Left to Fight for Jihad '

#AceWorldNews – GEORGIA – July 12 – The father of ISIS commander Omar al Shishani has told Sky News his son felt rejected by his country when he left to fight jihad.

With his distinctive red beard, al Shishani has become one of the most recognisable faces of a group now notorious for extreme brutality in its pursuit of an Islamic state across large swathes of Iraq and Syria.

But his father remembers a young man who was never particularly religious, but who always wanted to be a soldier.

Born in the remote Pankisi Gorge in Northern Georgia, an area once seen as a stronghold for Chechen militants, his real name is Tarkhan Batirashvili.

When he was younger, he worked as a shepherd boy in the hills above the gorge, where he reportedly first met Chechen fighters, crossing the Caucasus mountains to fight Russian forces across the border.

"He was a very good boy, very well behaved," Timur Batirashvili remembers.

"Always very intelligent, very nice, he hated when people lied.

"Do you know what I think now? I didn’t know my son. I didn’t know him at all."

Tarkhan joined the Georgian army and served in the Russia-Georgia war in 2008.

His father said he seemed happy, that he had found his place in the world.

By Katie Stallard, Moscow Correspondent, in Pankisi, Georgia @ Sky News

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