US-Trained Special Forces Chief Joins ISIS, Vows To Bring Jihad To Russia & America

Source : http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-29/us-trained-special-forces-chief-joins-isis-vows-bring-jihad-russia-america?page=2

Meet Gulmurod Khalimov, the US-trained and funded former commander of Tajikistan’s special forces, who, as Reuters reports, has now gone to Syria to fight with ISIS. He has a message: “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.”

As Reuters reports:

Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov commanded the Central Asian nation’s special-purpose police known as OMON, used against criminals and militants. He disappeared in late April, prompting a search by Tajik police.

He reappeared Wednesday, vowing to bring jihad to Russia and the United States as he brandished a cartridge belt and sniper rifle, in a professionally made, 10-minute video clip posted in social networks.

Here is an excerpt of that video, in Russian

“The video, allegedly made in Syria, says that Khalimov joined the jihadists in protest against government policies that do not allow namaz (canonical prayer) or the wearing of Islamic dress,” the video’s Russian source states.

The Washington Post’s Ishaan Tharoor compiled some of Khalimov’s fun video soundbites:

“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.”…

“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.”

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The big question is – was he ‘recorded’ as a moderate when America considered funding and training his elite special forces unit?

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3 gedachtes over “US-Trained Special Forces Chief Joins ISIS, Vows To Bring Jihad To Russia & America

  1. http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/about/offices-foundations/open-society-institute-assistance-foundation-tajikistan

    In response to government hostility toward civil society groups, the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation–Tajikistan has been a key supporter of nongovernmental organizations seeking to continue their work. Facing severe state regulations, a coalition of groups led by the foundation has worked to monitor government implementation of media laws and call attention to abuses.

    The foundation’s public health advocacy has fostered policy reforms that have brought Tajikistan up to international standards for patients’ rights and access to HIV prevention and treatment. It has also helped secure major international funding for drug demand reduction services around the country.

    To promote media independence and professionalism, the foundation has helped establish the country’s first association of journalism teachers, which focuses on developing courses on journalism ethics, media management, and the relationship between law and journalism. In the area of education, the foundation’s advocacy efforts have resulted in a major reform of the university admissions system as well as increased government support for education for children with special needs.

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  2. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/02/isis-defection-gulmurod-khalimov-tajikistan

    Tajik officer’s defection to Isis highlights US support for repressive regime

    Gulmurod Khalimov underwent extensive military training in America during government crackdown on opposition in Tajikistan. Eurasianet.org reports
    Tajik border guards on the Afghan border in Hamadoni region, Tajikistan.
    Tajik border guards on the Afghan border in Hamadoni region, Tajikistan. Photograph: Burt Herman/AP

    Joshua Kucera for Eurasianet, part of the New East network

    Tuesday 2 June 2015 05.00 BST
    Last modified on Tuesday 2 June 2015 08.48 BST

    The senior Tajik police commander who defected to Islamic State (Isis) was trained in America on five separate occasions, a US State Department official has said.

    Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov, the head of the Tajikistan special forces unit known as Omon, claimed in a video released by Isis that he had travelled to the US three times for counter-terrorism training, including with the private military firm Blackwater.

    The claim has been confirmed by the State Department. “From 2003-2014 Colonel Khalimov participated in five counter-terrorism training courses in the United States and in Tajikistan, through the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security/Anti-Terrorism Assistance program,” spokeswoman Pooja Jhunjhunwala told CNN.

    Omon has been one of the key elements of US security cooperation with Tajikistan, which has focused on training and equipping the country’s special forces.
    WikiLeaks cables paint bleak picture of Tajikistan, central Asia’s poorest state
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    Even before this alleged defection to Isis, these training programmes were controversial: while the special forces are Tajikistan’s most capable units and are used to combat genuine security threats, they are also a key element of President Emomali Rahmon’s repressive rule, and have been implicated in indiscriminate force in suppressing internal opposition.

    In 2012, Tajikistan’s leading opposition figure, Muhiddin Kabiri, said: “I was recently in the airport in Istanbul and met 15-20 of our Omon troops who were returning from training in the US. I asked them about this training, and they said it was very good. I hope they will learn not only new military approaches but about human rights, how to protect people, how to protect human rights, the role of these kind of units in a democratic country.”
    Tajik President Emomali Rahmon casting his vote at a polling station during the presidential elections, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan 2013.

    Tajik President Emomali Rahmon casting his vote at a polling station during the presidential elections, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan 2013. Photograph: President’s Press Service/handout/EPA
    Counter-terrorism training

    What was taught in these courses that officers such as Khalimov took part in?

    In the video announcing his defection, the Tajik commander said: “Listen, you American pigs: I’ve been to America three times. I saw how you train soldiers to kill Muslims,” he said. “You taught your soldiers how to surround and attack, in order to exterminate Islam and Muslims.”

    It’s not clear which courses Khalimov participated in, but thanks to diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks there is some indication of what US special forces soldiers taught their Tajik counterparts.

    In a 2009 diplomatic cable, the US embassy in Dushanbe wrote: “We undertook a number of training events [in 2008] in which the units successfully demonstrated the benefits of training in later operations… We developed counter-terrorism capacity within the Ministry of Internal Affairs Omon unit used for Swat and other emergency response operations.”

    In another 2008 cable, the embassy wrote: “Critical training tasks that the Tajik National Guard, border guards, and Omon squads have requested include the following: staff organisation and planning, orders production, mission analysis and the military decision making process, intelligence preparation of the battlefield (IPB), direct action (raids and ambushes), special reconnaissance, close quarters combat/battle (CQC/B), sniper/observe operations, military operations in urban terrain (MOUT) … tactical communications and basic combat life saving.”

    In briefing slides, the US embassy also reported that it supplied “equipment and weaponry for Omon”.
    Threats to Russia

    Omon also provided protection for the American embassy in Dushanbe. In 2013, US Ambassador Susan Elliott tweeted a photo of herself with two special forces officers, adding: “Thanks to Omon for their support to keep our embassy safe and secure.”

    Khalimov has now ​become​​ the poster child for the folly of US military assistance in Central Asia
    Arkady Dubnov

    So what does this mean given Khalimov’s defection to Isis? Probably not much in operational terms, but it does paint a damning portrait of the US’s longtime support for the country’s repressive state apparatus, writes John Heathershaw, a political scientist who studies Islamic militancy in Tajikistan.

    “By providing considerable military training to Tajikistan’s security services during the regime’s crackdown on the [opposition] Islamic Revival Part … the US government has associated its counter-terrorism efforts with this campaign. [S]uch military assistance is likely to be counter-productive and should be stopped.”

    “Khalimov has now become the poster child for the folly of US military assistance in Central Asia,” he said.
    Islamic state fighters removing the border between Syria and Iraq.
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    Islamic state fighters removing the border between Syria and Iraq. Photograph: Medyan Dairieh

    In another commentary on the Khalimov affair, Russian Central Asia expert Arkady Dubnov writes that the importance of Khalimov’s references to the US (in his video) have been exaggerated, and argues instead it’s his threats towards Russia which are more significant.

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