US-Trained Special Ops Fighter Is The Islamic State's New Top Commander In Iraq

Tyler Durden's picture

Just days after the news hit that ISIS' main propaganda officer, Mohammad al-Adnani, one of the Islamic State's most prominent leaders, the second in command of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as well as the unofficial spokesman of the terrorist organization, was killed (with a scandal promptly erupting between the US and Russia over who had taken him out), the power vacuum that formed at the top of the Islamic State has been promptly filled, after former Tajik Special Forces colonel Gulmurod Khalimov became the top ISIS battlefield commander in Iraq, after defecting last year and swearing jihad against the West.

Gulmurod Khalimov

Khalimov is set to take the position vacated by Abu Omar al-Shishani, also known as Omar the Chechen, who was killed in the Iraqi city of Shirqat, south of Mosul. in early July and whom the Pentagon described as Islamic State's "minister of war."

What makes the ascent of Khalimov particularly embarrassing for the US is that The former paramilitary unit commander of the Tajikistan armed forces received his battlefield training from American advisors and even came to the United States on several occasions to receive special counterterrorism training through the US State Department’s Diplomatic Security/Anti-Terrorism Assistance program.

Then last year, Khalimov defected to ISIS where the Daesh forces in Iraq welcomed the new addition to their ranks with open arms especially since he was acquainted with US military and intelligence tactics. Subsequently, the American trained former Special Forces colonel Gulmurod Khalimov received a promotion within the terrorist organization, and has become the group's Iraqi battlefield commander just weeks after

ISIS refused to officially announce that Khalimov had been promoted to the top ranks of the terrorist organization out of concern that he would become a high-priority target of US led strikes in Iraq, but Iraq’s Al Sumaria news agency exposed the promotion through a source in Nineveh province.

The placement of Khalimov to lead the terror organization’s Iraqi forces is a bit unusual for the Islamic State, who normally maintain only "second and third ranking commanders who lead militants in [Nineveh] province," according to the Al Sumaria source. These Daesh militants tend to keep a low-profile to prevent being "detected and destroyed" by US Forces who remain in a support function in Iraq explained the source.

Khalimov's high profile defection has understandably been a concern for US officials for some time, with the US State Department labeling him a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224 on September 29, 2015 designed to prevent the transfer of currency to individuals known to hold leadership roles in terror organizations. The United Nations Security Council Resolutions and al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee further added Khalimov, who is also a fugitive wanted by the Government of Tajikstan, to its sanctions list in February 2016.

In any case, as has so often been the case in the recent past, a special ops military expert by the US, is now engaged in deadly combat wih his former teacher; further adding to the paradox, his weapons and supplies have also been provided by the US: an odd outcome which, as many have pointed out, benefits just one group: the shareholders of the US military-industrial complex, which always wins no matter who, or how many lives are lost.

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Stan522's picture

obama can't tell the difference between a rebel fighter and ISIS.... Now we have the proof....

Looney's picture


I betcha, the guy has his own SNAP card and an outstanding student loan in the US!   ;-)


MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

ISIS is a vague group of loosely related militants. We need to focus on our primary foreign policy goals before tackling ISIS, such as taking down Assad, halting Russian aggression, and helping Syrian refugees. Until we've sorted out all of these threats, ISIS is a distraction. Besides, the number one threat to national security by far, is climate change.  
white horse's picture

“I have been made victorious through terror.”

Looney's picture


Holy Shtoop!

The new ISIS commander is… Tim McGraw!!! 

Next thing you know, Faith Hill is wearing a Burkini...   ;-)


Muddy1's picture

That would be tragic for Faith to do that.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Muddy1 Sep 5, 2016 12:15 PM

Those guys are actors, see dyed black hair and beards.

Who has time or the  inclination to dye their hair in the middle of a war?

Plus they look stoned.

I'm surprised his watch doesn't read 3:33 pm.


WordSmith2013's picture

The whole ISIS blackop is CIA-MI6-MOSSAD.


ISIS Created By CIA & Company to Draw Russia Into Syrian War to Bring Islamic Jihad to the Motherland
Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) WordSmith2013 Sep 5, 2016 12:40 PM


And this is why Russia is going to let go of all Hillary emails, because nuclear war is on the horizon.

Maybe even before the election. Two eclipses this month point to war, the solar eclipse at 9* Virgo triggers the

point in mutable signs that point to this war on terror. I saw that on 911 when people were holding up signs of

missing people and birth dates. I have been observing this for 15 yrs and it is spot on.

Is there going to be another 911 on 9-11?

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

I'll bet a Ten Tola bar that John McInsane has this fella on speed dial.

And Chris... take it easy on those mind altering substances mate. VC

And MDB... you're a weapons-grade dickhead...or the King of satirical comedy. Either way you need a chop to the throat.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Dame Ednas Possum Sep 5, 2016 1:03 PM

"And Chris... take it easy on those mind altering substances mate."

I don't use, the whole society is stoned not me. Are you suggesting I start doing mind altering stuff to go back to sleep like everyone else?


Billybullshit's picture

hi chris, as an aside , what do the stars say about planet X? thank you

jcaz's picture

"Low-profile"??  The dude is posing here for his next movie-  might as well be drawing a target on himself with this shot-

Not exactly Black Ops......  Russia has to be laughing their asses off over how clumsy this is.....

bleu's picture
bleu (not verified) jcaz Sep 5, 2016 9:37 PM

Trying to smear America for ISIS when Israel is the Problem.

booboo's picture

well that work out well for military statistics since our boys killed over there can be listed as cases of fratricide. "Workplace Violence" was getting a little busy

Due North's picture

The story about this guy actually surfaced about 15 months ago and was instrumental in the acceleration of my own personal preparation for global cataclysm. If the U.S. is stupid enough to contrive this situation then it's inevitable that we are going to war.

Ranger4564's picture

That's why this narrative of surprise is so dishonest. Since the US / CIA created ISIS, it's not at all unexpected that CIA trained personnel will be in the organization, and this "defection" was most likely engineered before his training was even delivered. US is complicit in the Chechen insurgency and is complicit in the Iraqi insurgency. All of it, European insurgency, Syrian insurgency, Russian, Iraqi, etc, will all end, when the US is publicly named, after all of the countries band together to 1, leave NATO and all alliances, and 2, stop using the dollar and reveal the true criminal across the globe.

Manthong's picture how many lost Emails did he send to Hillary?

and.. he could have been Obama's son.

and.. and.. can’t that punk grow a real and respectable beard?


omniversling's picture

errrr..."Omar the Chechen"...yeh, ok...


Crash Overide's picture

Remember the Mandarin from Ironman 3?

Escrava Isaura's picture

The unintended consequences always gets you. The next one is even worse the one before.

And you would think that this guy would know better.

Well, not me.


Allen_H's picture

Most of these clowns are actors, you got that right Looney.

847328_3527's picture

But Sotetto Obama said, "It's contained...." right?


Taliban attack in Afghan capital Kabul kills at least 24

mccvilb's picture

Sick, Looney, you funny bastard. Still I was thinking Quick Draw McGraw and Babalouey.

Dubaibanker's picture

Now here we have a true American Patriot heading the ISIS!

Escrava Isaura's picture

MillionDollarBonus: We need to focus on our primary foreign policy down Assad, halting Russian aggression.


Good luck accomplishing that without blowing up in a full out world war.


Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Enrollment at the 'School of the Americas' must be good!

Golden Showers's picture

Dude. Between you and me, k. I love your style.

Every down vote you get is a win in my book. As I write this, there are ten stupid mother fuckers rushing to punch your card.

Up and down voting is like honking one's horn. Better that the greasy stupid hoi polloi are in agreement and safe. Down voting, arguing against authority, raging at you, all are good things to me.

You are absolutely right. Climate change is the number one issue. Number two (speaking for myself) is how to keep California people out of the United States. Number three is that more work should be done to deport niggers.

It would be an honor to down vote you myself. But instead of down voting people I REPLY and unleash vitriol. On occasioan I up vote, never giving comment. An up vote is not easy to earn. Unless you are from California and have affirmative action beat into you.

I just wish you weren't so staid. Tell us how you really feel.

Everyone, MDB ain't my friend, doesn't need my comments, doesn't want any. But I bet, I just bet that he laughs at you stupid assholes every day. I do. It's my pleasure.

I do side with him on this issue. Climate change is more important than you. If everyone who down votes MDB would just quit breathing, climate change would not happen and MDB would disappear for lack of bait.

Oh, and as always, Fuck all y'AL

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture


Your Statist, anti-liberty, anti-Capitalist anti-Western Civilization posts have lost all value.

They are not entertaining.

They are not informative.

They are not even controversial, as just a few minutes slumming through DU will prove.

So either learn to think critically and objectively, or shut up and take your brainwashed, asinine Statist propaganda elsewhere.

RafterManFMJ's picture

65 weeks on the 'hedge, and you still don't get it? Come on man, are you even trying?

DuneCreature's picture

He's not going to stop. They (probably just AI AL) pay him to do this shit. Either that, or this is the boy's twisted hobby. ... He might even be a bot, but in MDB's case, I think he's just hired to piss you off and siphon away energy.

What I have to say about all of the negative vapor MDB generates here is; .... Is your scroll button broken? .. Or do you get off on the fluster and the pucker?

Live Hard, AI AL Can Make The Greyhounds Run With Any Old Stuffed Rabbit On A Rail, Die Free

~ DC v2.0


IndyPat's picture

It's just a bit.

Seriously, it's not that cryptic.

bobsmith5's picture

How do you people consider such stupid comments from MDB as satire or coming from a fake socialist?  It's obvious that MDB is typical of those on the left who buy into the false narrative put out by the lamestream media and Soros.  It's clear that MDB does not understand Islam or Sharia law nor how the whole Muslim middle east has been stirred up by the globalist to create a worldwide Jihad against the west which must be brought down to bring in their "New World Order".

BrownCoat's picture

Have you considered that Islamaphobia is cause by Muslims gunning down and bombing Americans? Muslims seem to be overtaking drug gangs when it comes to body counts on streets in America. Your link makes out Muslims as victims. Muslims do not have mental disorders and are not misunderstood. They don't understand American culture. They are violent perps not victims.

If you side with this foreign and intolerant culture, then you are defending the destruction of your own.

DuneCreature's picture

Hey, MDB.

Thanks for holding me a spot.


A report from the front lines of chaos, bloodshed and Hello Kitty fun.

I Scream For ISIS Brand Gritty GeeHad Joe Ice Cream

So refreshing in the middle of the desert for dessert after a meal of fresh moderate rebel heart and goat gut soup.

Where are the sex slaves? .... I'm ready for my nap!

Live Hard, Man-Boy Love Day Is Tomorrow, Bring Me A Frisky Goat, Die Free

~ DC v2.0



bh2's picture

The number one threat is people distracted by trivia.

Billybullshit's picture

classic! and still the dorks fall for it and down vote you

bobsmith5's picture

We are supposed to upvote such insane stupid comments by MDB?  I think this forum has been invaded by the ignorant and bots who write for the  "progressives" who are not progressive, and shills for the "New World Order" crowd.

Boscovius's picture

Totally blows my mind that these guys don't understand your classic sense of sarcasm.  You should get a dollar for every reddie you earn.

zorba THE GREEK's picture

That's Liam Neeson, now we are in big trouble

Escrava Isaura's picture


Good looks, and macho.

Now, it will get more interesting by the day.





Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

Couldn't be. Liame is a big anti-gunner. He would maybe encourage ISIS to stage sit-ins and hunger-strikes, but no violence.

Oh, wait. Silly me.

Liame is a liberal. Violence -- even gun-related violence -- is just fine if you are targeting anyone to your right.

Golden Showers's picture

LOL. Liam! Ha Ha!

Go twiddle your twat somewhere else.

That guy is fucking HAWT! Say it with me. Hawt fucking man in the desert over there gonna make a change!

So interesting.

Thank you for your comment. I think you are an asshole.

Buy a Prius and shut the fuck up.

Mr Pink's picture

I'm sure this was purely accidental

zorba THE GREEK's picture

Thank God he's not Russian trained or we would be in real trouble

Bilderberg Member's picture

I'm sure Kerry could talk some sense into him