Skip to comments.Former U.S. officer training Hamas military
Posted on 06/25/2008 9:47:49 AM PDT by StarCMC
GAZA CITY U.S. volunteers with military backgrounds have been recruited to help train the new Hamas army in the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian sources said one of the Americans was former U.S. Army captain Fares Al Ashi.
"This information is important for the youth," Al Ashi said during a briefing to visiting journalists in Gaza City.
The sources said Al Ashi, a specialist in explosives and weapons, had been trained in South Carolina during his years with the U.S. military.
"We give them general information about the explosives, those manufactured locally and the Israeli ones, because those people always reach the dangerous places before we, the bomb squad, do."
Al Ashi and the other Americans were said to have been identified as Muslims who joined the U.S. military in the 1990s. The sources said the Americans relayed U.S. military methods and training to Hamas for its war against Israel.
The Hamas army has been equipped and trained by Iran. But Palestinian sources said some Muslims in the United States have provided funding and expertise to the new Hamas regime and military.
In May 2008, Hamas police launched a police training program assisted by the U.S. trainers. The four-month training course has been directed by Maj. Khalil Hejo and seven other officers.
"In the past, a brigadier general used to run this administration in addition to 250 officer trainers, but now, seven trainers and I oversee the whole program," Hejo said.
former U.S. Army captain Fares Al Ashi
Not Americans, but Terrorist Muslim infiltrators. Hang them.
We are finished. Former US Military personnel training Hamas. God forgive us, we are finished..
where's Enya when you need her.........
Traitor to his country, hero to his ‘religion’
This officer needs to face the full arm of the law = swinging from the gallows.
Maybe the Opossum will choose Fares Al Ashi as his running mate?
We’re not a nation with any interest in our own survival. It’s that bloody simple.
Past time to have some rigid standards again in the U.S. Military, no gays, no Muslims, no felons!
Past time to have some rigid standards again in the U.S. Military, no gays, no Muslims, no illegals, no felons!
There are almost 40 million foreign born residents of this country, including illegals. Let's get rid of the illegals, but not throw the baby out with the bath water.
Military officers, or former officers, who aid the enemies of their country should be stripped of their citizenship. If this traitor likes Gaza so much, let him stay there permanently.
Absolutely correct. I am all for legal immigrants earning citizenship by serving in the military.
I have no objection to foreign born naturalized citizens. But not foreigners. I would not be comfortable with Somalis and others from enemy countries signing up. Perhaps it is because I know of cases where the motivation for foreigners was not love for this country but personal gain and worse, etc.
They’re traitors. Hang them or shoot them.
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While foreigners may enlist in the military, one must be a US Citizen to receive a commission.
Foreigners, as you define them, can’t enter thye US military. If they are green card holders, i.e., legal permanent residents, they can. Currely, 35,000 serve in the military and can apply for expedited citizenship. I gather you would like to prohibit green card holders from serving.
I agree, though I certainly support allowing legal immigrants to serve, and to expedite their citizenship. This individual was an officer, thus an American citizen prior to enlistment. The problem is the vetting, not citizenship status.
Another good reason to keep the borders open, open, open. [/s]
“We are finished. Former US Military personnel training Hamas. God forgive us, we are finished..”
And when we aren’t doing that we’re training the Zetas in Mexico so they can come here and help run the Mexican drug cartels taking over the entire country. Then the congress sends Mexico 1.5 Billion for them to ‘fight crime’ while Hezbollah hides out there and other Latin American countries.
Someone wants this country finished. I’m afraid the perps are in our government.
“We need to make sure no illegal aliens, foreigners, or those with criminal records are admitted into the military”
Too late. The military already reduced their standards to include criminals and foreigners. Have you seen the TV ads for recruiting in spanish?
True, but this MUST be combined with border/immigration patrol, so the illegals can't freeload off of the efforts of our native sons. Its bad enough that I have to pay taxes to support medical and social freeloaders and to pay off undocumented loans; I draw the line at paying with my sons. Its one thing--a duty-- to defend your own, but quite another to be forced to defend the ungrateful and undeserving.
Not long ago, History Channel had a series about criminal gangs expanding in our military. Many were Hispanics. The danger of having criminals and foreigners infiltrate the military is obvious.
BTW, the Army stationed in Texas is now training Egyptian SOLDIERS to locate and destroy underground tunnels to help protect Egypt's borders. Yet nothing is done about ours. Rep. Ted Poe want to know why.
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“Were not a nation with any interest in our own survival. Its that bloody simple.”
The same can be said about Israel, as long as it allows Olmert to remain in power.