…vows death to “American pigs.” via The U.S.-trained commander of Tajikistan’s special forces has joined the Islamic State – The Washington Post.
In late April, the chief of an elite police unit in Tajikistan disappeared. Relatives said Col. Gulmurod Khalimov, who commanded the Tajik Interior Ministry’s special forces, had gone on a business trip. Other rumors suggested he had vanished after falling out with colleagues at a high-level meeting.
Now, there appears to be more clarity: Khalimov is in Syria and has defected to the Islamic State.
That’s according to a recent video that emerged online showing Khalimov clad in black and espousing the cause of the jihadist organization. It’s hard to tell where the footage was shot, but in the video, Khalimov claims to have joined the Islamic State, making him one of the most high-profile central Asians to travel to Syria and enter the extremists’ ranks. He also made clear he’s not alone.
“Listen, you dogs, the president and ministers,” Khalimov says in the video, “if only you knew how many boys, our brothers are here, waiting and yearning to return to reestablish sharia law there.”
Khalimov received training from elite instructors in Russia as well as in the United States, according to a U.S. official. He had choice words for foreign governments.
“Listen, you American pigs, I’ve been three times to America, and I saw how you train fighters to kill Muslims,” he said. “God willing, I will come with this weapon to your cities, your homes, and we will kill you.”
In the video, Khalimov urges his compatriots to “stop serving infidels.”
The video WAPO referred to several times but failed to link to:
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