State Department sends $22 million in coronavirus aid to terrorist breeding ground Bangladesh

In recent years the U.S. has recorded record high rates of Bangladeshi nationals with possible ISIS connections illegally entering the country.

Published: May 15, 2020 1:03pm

Updated: May 16, 2020 9:52pm

The Golden Horseshoe is a weekly designation from Just the News intended to highlight egregious examples of wasteful taxpayer spending by the government. The award is named for the horseshoe-shaped toilet seats for military airplanes that cost the Pentagon a whopping $640 each back in the 1980s. 

We are awarding the horseshoe this week to the State Department for sending $22 million to Bangladesh to help combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Over the course of the past 20 years, Bangladesh has received more than $1 billion in U.S. funds aimed at public health efforts. This latest round of aid is earmarked for “enhancing risk communication messages to increase knowledge and dispel myths and misconceptions," according to the State Department. America numbers among the few nations providing financial assistance to Bangladesh during the pandemic. 

The U.S. is the world’s largest provider of global emergency health funds, having dispensed more than $100 billion in health assistance in the past decade. Thus far, during the pandemic, the U.S. has committed upward of $900 million in emergency assistance for humanitarian and economic efforts to help developing nations and governments fight the coronavirus.

However, Bangladesh has served as a breeding ground for ISIS, Al-Qaeda and other anti-Western terrorist organizations for years. A 2019 report by the State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) found that ISIS has had a foothold in the Southeast Asian country since 2015.

“Terrorist groups continue to communicate their desire to target Westerners in Bangladesh,” the report reads.

At least 50 Bangladeshi nationals who traveled to Iraq and Syria to train and fight for ISIS have returned to Bangladesh, presumably to fight on behalf of the terror organization inside Bangladesh.

“ISIS threatened to continue discovering security gaps and holes to target expats, tourists, diplomats, garment buyers, missionaries, [and] sports teams in Bangladesh,” the OSAC report also states.

According to a congressional probe released last year, migrants from terrorist nations are trying to enter the United States via the southern border at record-high rates, including a 300% increase in Bangladeshi nationals attempting to enter illegally across the border in Texas. In 2019, a Bangladeshi citizen was arrested in Houston for running a smuggling operation to bring illegal aliens into the U.S.

With domestic coronavirus costs of its own already running into multiple trillions of dollars, perhaps it's time the U.S. government started rationing out its public health dollars more selectively in the international arena.

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