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Georgia: More Questions than Answers about Death of ISIS-Linked Ahmed Chatayev

Georgia’s State Security Service has confirmed the death of alleged ISIS commander Ahmed Chatayev, the suspected mastermind of a 2016 attack on the Istanbul Atatürk Airport, during a November 21-22 counter-terrorism operation in Tbilisi.

The news, when it came, was not entirely unexpected, but did nothing to address larger, more concerning questions – how did Chatayev, on a UN black list since 2015, manage to enter Georgia, and why was he here?

In response to calls by opposition MPs for a special investigative parliamentary committee to look into these matters, State Security Service Director Vakhtang Gomelauri has agreed to answer questions from parliament about the counter-terrorism operation “in the coming days.” 

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Georgia: More Questions than Answers about Death of ISIS-Linked Ahmed Chatayev

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