Gulmurod Khalimov, the new ISIS military commander whom the U.S. just days agoannounced a $3 million bounty for, was trained by the State Department in an anti-terror program as recently as 2014 while serving in the security service of Tajikistan.
He replaces former ISIS commander Tarkhan Batirashvili, aka Umar al-Shishani, who was also trained by the United States as part of the Georgian army and who ISIS claimed was killed fighting in Iraq this past July.
The State Department confirmed Khalimov’s U.S.-provided training to CNN in May 2015:
Is anyone surprised. Our training of “freedom fighters” who in turn are with the enemy. Time after time these individuals just seem to join up with ISIS.