Commander of Elite Tajik Police Force Defects to Islamic State

Reuters says the U.S.-trained commander of Tajikistan's elite police force has defected to Islamic State, Media reports said the commander made the announcement on a YouTube video, and his former unit will issue a statement condemning him on Thursday. Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov commanded the Central Asian nation's special-purpose police known as OMON, used against criminals and militants. He reappeared Wednesday, vowing to bring jihad to Russia and the United States as he wore a cartridge belt and held sniper rifle. Rakhmon has run Tajikist,since 1992. It is the poorest post-Soviet nation that neighbors Afghanistan.