An ISIS jihadist, who has appeared in a new video released by the terror outfit, was reportedly trained in counter terrorism tactics by the United States, officials said.
The U.S. State Department identified the fighter as Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov, a former police commander from Tajikistan who participated in five counter terrorism training courses in the US and Tajikistan, through the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security/Anti-Terrorism Assistance program, the CNN reported recently.
The video shows the jihadist, clad in black IS uniform and holding a sniper rifle and ammunition, saying that he had participated in programs on US soil three times. He also asserts that he knew how the US taught its soldiers to surround and attack and warned that the terror group will come to Americans’ homes and eliminate them.
He then demonstrates his prowess with a sniper rifle by shooting a tomato from a distance of 25 yards. The scene is played in slow motion.
Experts have warned that the revelation did not just signify a propaganda victory for the terror group but also access to an insider’s knowledge of how the US carries out it’s strategy against the war on ISIS.