Matthew Van Dyke, founder of Sons of Liberty International (SOLI), a privately-funded organization, spoke with Glenn Thursday on The Glenn Beck Program about the intense firefight experienced days ago in Iraq in which Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV was killed.
"A lot of fighting was done by the Navy SEALs," Van Dyke explained. "And Keating, who was killed, is a hero. You know, there was so much enemy fire coming at us. Bullets constantly whizzing over our heads. RPG fire. The SEAL . . . one of the SEAL vehicles took out two RPG hits. And those guys just kept going like nothing happened. It was extraordinary."
This was the first time that SOLI personnel, veteran U.S. military there to train and assist the Peshmerga forces, engaged in combat.
[Editor's Note: This video contains active combat scenes and strong language.]
"We need to upgrade everything we have for our own defense and be able to assist the Christian forces when they're in combat. ...Because we were vastly outgunned when ISIS attacked," Van Dyke said.
Glenn asked Van Dyke about his previous interview on The Glenn Beck Program a few weeks ago.
"Last time you were here . . . you said [you] had to do some real fast training . . . I mean, these guys are not fighters, and they're defending their homeland. These are the people that we've been waiting to see, somebody who won't turn in a battle, and the Christians are doing it. And you were concerned. Did you feel you were ready for this battle?" Glenn asked.
"They need a lot more training. They were ready to be able to hold their own this time. Next time, I don't know. I mean, we continue to train them. We're about to start an advanced training course with them. But were we ready? We weren't. We tried to keep our weapons right up until this point, which is AK-47s. But it's not going to be enough for my personnel. We were really in danger of being overrun. The town was overrun. We were minutes away from probably being killed or captured by ISIS," Van Dyke said.
Contributions to assist these brave Americans can be made at sonsoflibertyinternational.com.
Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:
Featured Image: Screenshot from Vimeo