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#1 User is offline   MTP Reggie 

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Posted 06 March 2019 - 03:25 PM

As grateful Iowa soldiers watch, Afghan man who risked his life for them becomes an American
Tony Leys
Des Moines Register
Published 8:44 p.m. CT March 2, 2019 | Updated 7:30 p.m. CT March 3, 2019

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Nabi Mohammadi, who spent years risking his life for Americans, became an American last week.

The soft-spoken native of Afghanistan, who helped Iowa National Guard troops patrol a violent region of his homeland, took the U.S. citizenship oath at the federal courthouse in Des Moines.

"This is something I hadn't even dreamed about. This is unbelievable," he said before the ceremony. "I'm so happy to live in a place with peace and freedom for my family. It's what everybody wants."

A few minutes later, he and 61 other immigrants raised their right hands, renounced allegiance to any other government, then pledged to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

The joyful courtroom audience included several of Mohammadi's friends from the Iowa National Guard, who'd seen him support and defend America plenty of times. He served as their interpreter in 2010 and 2011, accompanying them on scores of patrols through a mountainous area of Afghanistan near the Pakistan border.

Taliban bombs were common, and friends were hard to identify. The Iowa soldiers said Mohammadi volunteered to go on extra patrols, up to three a day. Each time he went out, he put himself and his family at risk of being killed for helping the Americans.

He'd previously done the same thing for National Guard units from Georgia and Vermont, which had rotated through the same outpost. His reward was $700 per month, plus the promise that he could apply for a visa to move to America.

The U.S. soldiers were struck by the slight young man's courage, determination and intelligence.

Mohammadi, 28, grew up in northern Afghanistan. The dominant language there is Dari, a dialect of what people in Iran speak. He decided as a teenager to become an interpreter for the U.S. troops. That meant he had to learn two foreign languages English and Pashto, which is the dominant tongue in eastern Afghanistan.

His accomplishment was akin to an English-speaking American teen learning to interpret between people speaking Polish and Chinese.

His Iowa Guard comrades included Sgt. Dalton Jacobus, who helped Mohammadi fill out his visa application while they were stationed together at Combat Outpost Herrera.

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Posted 06 March 2019 - 04:05 PM

Welcome to America Mr. Mohammadimi may all your dreams come true, and THANK YOU!

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Posted 06 March 2019 - 04:07 PM

Gotta love LEGAL immigration.
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Posted 06 March 2019 - 04:41 PM

That's called paying it up front. . .
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Posted 06 March 2019 - 04:51 PM

Great story! There is an Afghani family who lives near me that I know who also went through legal immigration. It's a good story too.
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Posted 06 March 2019 - 07:37 PM

View Postoki, on 06 March 2019 - 04:05 PM, said:

Welcome to America Mr. Mohammadimi may all your dreams come true, and THANK YOU!

Oki

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Posted 06 March 2019 - 08:37 PM

A beautiful story! This man seems to recognize the blessings of being an American more than some of those born here!
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Posted 07 March 2019 - 08:17 AM

Another lefty/proggy/democrat-free thread because a story like this doesn't fit their hypocritical narrative.
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Posted 07 March 2019 - 12:18 PM

Amazing story! Welcome, and congratulations, Sir!
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