00:32 GMT28 January 2021
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    The US Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program is offering a reward of up to $3 million for information leading to the location, arrest, and conviction of a former Tajik police commander who is currently one of the key Daesh terrorist group leaders Gulmurod Khalimov, according to official statement.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States has offered a $3 million reward for information that would lead to the capture and conviction of a former Tajik police commander who is currently one of the key Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh) terrorist group leaders, the US Department of State said in a press release on Tuesday.

    "The US Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program is offering a reward of up to $3 million for information leading to the location, arrest, and/or conviction of Gulmurod Khalimov (variant Halimov), a key leader of the terrorist group ISIL [Islamic State], also known in Arabic as Daesh," the release stated.

    The State Department noted that Khalimov is a former Tajik special operations colonel, police commander and military sniper, and served as the commander of a police special operations unit in the Ministry of Interior of Tajikistan.

    In 2015 Khalimov called for violent acts against the United States, Russia, and Tajikistan via a propaganda video, according to the release.

    Khalimov has been designated as a terrorist by the State Department since September 2015, and by the UN Security Council ISIL (Daesh) and al-Qaida Sanctions Committee since February 2016. Khalimov is also wanted by the Government of Tajikistan.

    From 2003-2014, Khalimov participated in five counter-terrorism training courses in the United States and Tajikistan through the US Diplomatic Security and Anti-Terrorism Assistance program, a State Department official said in 2015.


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