State Department confirms that U.S. government sponsored the training of an ISIS fighter both in the U.S. and in Tajikistan.
Every time someone objects to arming the Syrian “rebels” because we will end up arming Al-Qaeda-related terrorists, someone replies that we can “vet” them and make sure we give weapons only to “our friends.”
Even if our government is genuinely attempting to do that, it remains obvious that they have no control over which side they arm. Sometimes, the people we arm, even if they start off on “our side,” end up switching sides!
Thus, this CNN report: “ISIS fighter was trained by State Department.”
An ISIS fighter who calls for jihad in a new online video was trained in counterterrorism tactics on American soil, in a program run by the United States, officials tell CNN.
The video features a former police commander from Tajikistan named Col. Gulmurod Khalimov. 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 U.S. soil three times, at least one of which was in Louisiana.
The State Department has confirmed this claim.
“From 2003-2014 Colonel Khalimov participated in five counterterrorism training courses in the United States and in Tajikistan, through the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security/Anti-Terrorism Assistance program,” said spokeswoman Pooja Jhunjhunwala.
The program is intended to train candidates from participating countries in the latest counterterrorism tactics, so they can fight the very kind of militants that Khalimov has now joined.
A State Department official said Khalimov was trained in crisis response, tactical management of special events, tactical leadership training and related issues.
So how many others have done this? I suppose this might be the only one, but it is also probable that the State Department would not tell us about such cases unless they were forced to do so. So, unless they went public and got the attention of the media, I doubt we would hear about it.
In the meantime, we not only give ISIS trained soldiers, but we also give them a constant supply of new equipment.