The United States Special Forces trained Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov, as did Russia’s Spetsnaz… now he has defected to ISIS and is threatening to kill both Russians and Americans. This is a highly trained operative, not part of Obama’s “JV” team.
The Colonel was the commander of Tajikistan’s elite police force commandos known as OMON. He disappeared in April, but suddenly resurfaced on Wednesday in a video posted online, and stated that he joined ISIS. He vowed to bring jihad to Russia and the United States.
Khalimov told his wife that he was ‘going away’ in April. Tajik police searched for him, but were unable to locate him. Rumors of him being arrested in Turkey turned out to be false.
— RFE/RL (@RFERL) May 20, 2015
When he did surface, the result was a high value propaganda tool for ISIS. His rhetoric was the usual threats. It’s the concern about the man behind those threats that has officials on edge- and worries about the units who also may have ISIS sympathies. The OMON police will be issuing a statement condemning Khalimov.
Some of his statements
To the leaders of Tajikistan: “Listen, you dogs, the president and ministers, if only you knew how many boys, our brothers, are here, waiting and yearning to return to Tajikistan to re-establish sharia law there…”
To the U.S.: “Listen, you American pigs, I’ve been three times to America, and I saw how you train fighters to kill Muslims. God willing, I will come with this weapon to your cities, your homes, and we will kill you…”
To Tajiks working in Russia, “You have become the slaves of infidels.”
— Amy Mek (@AmyMek) May 29, 2015
The video – note: the background “music” is obnoxious in this but it is interesting to watch. He has appeared in this video speaking Russian. The beard is new, according to reports.