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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Davidduke2000's picture

Luckily he will end up dead with a 9 mm Makarov. 

LN's picture

I think he lived down the street from me.  Nice to see our tax dollars well spent.


Jballsquared's picture

We have always been at war with Tajikistan.

Miss Informed's picture

Maybe he didn't really defect. Maybe like me he is just having trouble keeping what side is what straight. I'm sure he still knows how find the CIA when payday rolls around.

Heavy's picture

bet they had plenty similar options thanks USA

onmail1's picture

<-- America is only acting as per its state policy & constitution


American Constitution promotes Terrorism

Amendment II

As ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, then-Secretary of State:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.


Greatest words of truth from Trump :



America created terrorist organisations : ISIS, ISIL, Al-queda, Al-Nusra, Al-Shabab etc

America is the sole source of terrorism in the world 


Kefeer's picture

Well all the administrative paperwork and taxes have already infringed; I'm sure that was part of the founding principals that are now grossly violated - the US Constitution is dead under Illary as it is with Obomba.

AlNiko's picture

At least one US trainee gets a job that he is trained for,

Kefeer's picture

Given that ISIS is an Al-CIAda creation; is he really fighting against the DOD/NATO? - I don't think so.  He is a front-man to make sure all is coordinated from training, funding to supplies.  Like the 1.4 million gun(assault rifles) that the DOD cannot account for that went to the Middle East.  Bastards.