An ISIS fighter identified as former police commander from Tajikistan named Col. Gulmurod Khalimov has appeared in a new online video of the radical group, CNN reported.
He appears in black ISIS garb with a sniper rifle and a bandolier of ammunition. He says in the video that he participated in programs on US soil three times, at least one of which was in Louisiana.
The news has been confirmed by the State Department.
"From 2003-2014 Colonel Khalimov participated in five counterterrorism training courses in the US and in Tajikistan, through the Department of State's Diplomatic Security/Anti-Terrorism Assistance program," said spokeswoman Pooja Jhunjhunwala.
In the video, Khalimov says that what he saw during his training sessions turned him against his sponsors.
"Listen, you American pigs: I've been to America three times. I saw how you train soldiers to kill Muslims," he says in Russian. "You taught your soldiers how to surround and attack, in order to exterminate Islam and Muslims."
"God willing, we will find your towns, we will come to your homes, and we will kill you," said he.
The programme by State Department in which Khalimov took part is designed to teach tactics used by police and military units against terrorists by countries that cooperate with the United States on security matters.