Tajikistan's Islamic State Contingent Reportedly Suffers Grave Blows
Media outlets have in recent days reported on the death of senior Islamic State group militants from Tajikistan — including US-trained former riot police commander Gulmurod Khalimov — in what appears to amount to a devastating blow to the radical organization’s Central Asian contingent.
The Times of London cited military sources in Iraq as saying that Khalimov was killed by a missile strike on the city of Mosul, much of which has been recaptured by government troops after years under Islamic State control.
Khalimov has been described informally as the Islamic State group’s minister for war, so his death could prove meaningful. The Times cites its sources as saying he was believed to be behind the defense of Mosul and the organizer of a car bombing campaign against coalition forces.
Khalimov, 41, has been declared dead before, however, so the authorities in Tajikistan are holding their counsel so far.
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