A former police chief dubbed 'The Tajik', trained by the US in anti-terror tactics, has been made the new ISIS 'Minister of War', it has emerged.
Gulmurod Khalimov, once an elite police commander in the central Asian nation of Tajikistan, defected to join the terror group last May.
Washington last week offered a reward of up to $3million for information leading to the location, arrest, and conviction of the militant, who had gone through special forces training in both Russia and the United States.Now it has emerged that the extremist has been promoted through the ranks of ISIS, to the position of Minister of War.
An security source told Iraqi News: 'The Tajik has been appointed as the successor to the dead terrorist Tarhan Batirashvili who also known as Abu Omar al-Chechani.'The Tajik Golmurud Khalimov was elected as the first military commander in ISIS. The organization did not announce it officially because it fears that once mentioned, there might be a series of air strikes against them.'
This morning, it emerged that Tajikistan's security services are investigating unspecified threats of action this month purportedly made by Khalimov.
The US government has described the extremists as a 'key leader' of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
Two security sources told Reuters that this week servicemen in Tajkikistan, a country bordering Afghanistan and seen by the West and Russia as a possible conduit both for militant Islamists and drug runners, started receiving text messages on their mobile phones in Khalimov's name.
In these messages, he promised to 'congratulate' them on the 25th anniversary of independence celebrated on September 9, the sources said. Security services were investigating the matter.
The evident threats come on the first anniversary of an attempted coup staged by then deputy defence minister, General Abdukhalim Nazarzoda. He died fighting pro-government troops shortly afterwards.
President Imomali Rakhmon's government accused local Islamists, who had their own, legitimate political party, of being behind the coup. Tajikistan's Supreme Court has since outlawed the party while its leaders were sentenced to lengthy prison terms.