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In what can only be described as a mind-boggling policy move, the State Department recruited Muslim participants at a conference sponsored by groups with ties to radical Islamists to become members of its foreign service.

Foreign Service officers represent the United States at its embassies and consulates around the globe. The recruitment drive is part of the Obama Administration’s larger Muslim outreach policy.

Mark Ward, the Deputy Special Coordinator in the Office of Middle East Transition, gave a 90-minute seminar on career opportunities for Muslim youths during a recent conference held in Chicago by the Muslim American Society and the Islamic Circle of North America.

Other speakers at the conference included a fundraiser for the Holy Land Foundation convicted of funneling millions of dollars to Hamas, and a founder of the MAS who praised Palestinian terrorists in a presentation on jihad and “martyrdom.”

Joining Ward in presenting the jobs seminar was a man named Oussama Jammal, president of the Mosque Foundation, which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Holy Land Foundation.

As part of its Muslim outreach efforts, the State Department has also reportedly been meeting in secret with Islamist groups, has sent a known anti-American cleric on a Mideast outreach tour, and has dumbed down federal anti-terrorism training to eliminate “negative references” to Muslims. Hillary Clinton even used her authority to allow two banned Islamic scholars to enter the United States.