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US military trained Georgian commandos

Posted By admin On September 6, 2008 @ 3:54 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Charles Clover and Demetri Sevastopulo
Financial Times [1]
Saturday, Sept 6, 2008

The US military provided combat training to 80 Georgian special forces commandos only months prior to Georgia’s army assault in South Ossetia in August.

The revelation, based on recruitment documents and interviews with US military trainers obtained by the Financial Times, could add fuel to accusations by Vlad­imir Putin, Russian prime minister, last month that the US had “orchestrated” the war in the Georgian enclave.

The training was provided by senior US soldiers and two military contractors. There is no evidence that the contractors or the Pentagon, which hired them, knew that the commandos they were training were likely be used in the assault on South Ossetia.

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A US army spokesman said the goal of the programme was to train the commandos for duty in Afghanistan as part of Nato-led International Security Assist­ance Force. The programme, however, highlights the often unintended consequences of US “train and equip” programmes in foreign countries.

The contractors – MPRI and American Systems, both based in Virginia – recruited a 15-man team of former special forces soldiers to train the Georgians at the Vashlijvari special forces base on the outskirts of Tbilisi, part of a programme run by the US defence department.

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[1] Financial Times : http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/bdffd9a6-7b71-11dd-b839-000077b07658.html?nclick_check=1

[2] BBC finds evidence of Georgian ‘war crimes’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/bbc-finds-evidence-of-georgian-%e2%80%98war-crimes%e2%80%99.html

[3] U.S. citizen was among Georgian commandos – Russian Military: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-citizen-was-among-georgian-commandos-russian-military.html

[4] Jewish Georgian minister: Thanks to Israeli training, we’re fending off Russia: http://www.prisonplanet.com/jewish-georgian-minister-thanks-to-israeli-training-were-fending-off-russia.html

[5] We are at war with Russia, declares Georgian leader: http://www.prisonplanet.com/we-are-at-war-with-russia-declares-georgian-leader.html

[6] US partly to blame – ex Georgian FM: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-partly-to-blame-%e2%80%93-ex-georgian-fm.html

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