Gulmurod Khalimov is described in a State Department release as a "key leader of the terrorist group," who is "former Tajik special operations colonel, police commander, and military sniper."
WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – The U.S. State Department is offering $3 million for information leading to the location, arrest or conviction of an ISIS leader who underwent U.S. and Russian training before deflecting to join the group.
Gulmurod Khalimov is described in a U.S. State Department release as a “key leader of the terrorist group,” and a “former Tajik special operations colonel, police commander, and military sniper.”
Before joining ISIS, Khalimov served as commander of a police special operations unit in the Ministry of Interior of Tajikistan, according to the release.
Khalimov has said that he was trained by U.S. special forces in America and Russian “spetsnaz” forces in Moscow, Reuters reported.
In late April Khalimov disappeared. He reappeared the next month in an ISIS YouTube video dressed in black and holding a gun. He said that he joined the radical group in protest of Tajikistan’s policy towards religion, which he said is anti-Islamic, BBC reported.
“Listen, you American pigs, I’ve been three times to America, and I saw how you train fighters to kill Muslims,” he said in the video, Reuters reported. “God willing, I will come with this weapon to your cities, your homes, and we will kill you.”
The State Department designated Khalimov as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in September 2015 and the United Nations Security Council added him to its sanctions list in February 2016, according to the State Department’s release.
The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) issued a Red Notice for him in June 2015, alerting member nations that Khalimov is a wanted person and should be extradited back to Tajikistan, where he is also wanted.
The $3 million dollar reward is being offered through the Rewards for Justice program, administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Since its inception in 1984, the program has paid more than $125 million to over 80 people who provided information that helped bring terrorists to justice or prevented acts of international terrorism worldwide, according to the release.