- Abu Layla, a commander of anti-ISIS forces in Syria was shot by a sniper on June 3
- Frida Ghitis: Abu Layla wasn't only a major military commander, but also an inspirational figure
Frida Ghitis is a world affairs columnist for The Miami Herald and World Politics Review, and a former CNN producer and correspondent. Follow her @FridaGhitis. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)These are crucial moments for the women and men fighting the self-described Islamic State on the Syrian battlefields. In the past few days, troops pushing against ISIS have achieved significant victories, and more successes appear within reach. But the warriors paused this week to say a solemn, tearful goodbye to one of their most beloved commanders, the man known as Abu Layla.