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Iraqi citizen saves the lives of four U.S. soldiers

Here's yet another story to show that there are Iraqis who are not terrorists, who are thankful that American soldiers are there, are willing to fight and sacrifice for freedom -- and that they can be heroes, too.

In a truly selfless act, an Iraqi citizen thwarted a suicide bomber, saving the lives on four American soldiers and eight civilians (emphasis mine):

An Iraqi man saved the lives of four U.S. Soldiers and eight civilians when he intercepted a suicide bomber during a Concerned Citizens meeting in the town of al-Arafia Aug. 18.

The incident occurred while Soldiers from 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, were talking with members of the al-Arafia Concerned Citizens, a volunteer community group, at a member's house.

"I was about 12 feet away when the bomber came around the corner," said Staff Sgt. Sean Kane, of Los Altos, Calif., acting platoon sergeant of Troop B, 3-1 Cav. "I was about to engage when he jumped in front of us and intercepted the bomber as he ran toward us. As he pushed him away, the bomb went off."

The citizen's actions saved the lives of four U.S. Soldiers and eight civilians.

Kane felt the loss personally because he had met and interacted with his rescuer many times before the incident.

"He was high-spirited and really believed what the group (Concerned Citizens) was doing," Kane said. "I have no doubt the bomber was trying to kill American Soldiers. It was very calculated the way the bomber tried to do it. If he hadn't intercepted him, there is no telling how bad it could have been."

Kane believes the citizen is a hero.

"He could have run behind us or away from us, but he made the decision to sacrifice himself to protect everyone. Having talked with his father, I was told that even if he would have known the outcome before hand, he wouldn't have acted differently."

Capt. Brian Gilbert, of Boise, Idaho, the commander of Company D, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, currently attached to 3-1 Cavalry, echoed Kane's sentiment.

"I spoke with the father," Gilbert said. "He said he has no remorse in his son's death because he died saving American Soldiers."

Later that night, the Concerned Citizens group contacted the local National Police director, Lt. Col. Samir, with the location of the al-Qaeda cell believed to be responsible for the attack. The National Police immediately conducted a raid that resulted in four arrests.

Despite the citizen's death, Gilbert is encouraged by the cooperation between citizens and the Iraqi National Police.

"The effort of the Concerned Citizens group has made the area much safer," he said. "They are proud of who they are and their area, and want to get rid of the terrorists in their area."

Gilbert also praised the Iraqi National Police's role in eliminating insurgents in the area.

"The cooperation between them and the Concerned Citizens has been key," Gilbert said. "The NP has done a great job of responding to the tips they have been given by the group."

Gilbert said he believes the area is improving because of the efforts of local citizens. The death, while unfortunate, demonstrated how close many in the area have become with the American Soldiers operating there.

"I consider many in the town friends, and I know they feel the same," Gilbert said. "This is a tough situation, but we'll move on and try to prevent things like this from happening again. I've talked with his family and told them how brave their son was. This is a huge loss for everyone involved."

I don't know that there are really any words for this, beyond to state the obvious: that this man was a hero, and by the looks of it, this Concerned Citizens group can also be called heroes.

The next time you hear some liberal screeching about how Iraqis hate us and want us gone, show them this story. And of course, don't expect to see this anywhere in the mainstream media.

In the meantime, please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Also reporting: North Shore Journal, The Jawa Report, Blue Star Chronicles, Stars and Stripes


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Comments (20)

Unfortunately, if you showe... (Below threshold)

Unfortunately, if you showed this story to a lot of people, people who consider themselves intelligent because they listen to NPR, they would insist it couldn't possibly be true.

Not that their ill-will changes the sentiment I have for this man & his survivors. To save so many peoples' lives is to be truly selfless, and I hope the town is able to honor him in some way.

If he were American it woul... (Below threshold)
Robert the Original:

If he were American it would be CMH type stuff.

I'm sure the Americans will do something in his honor.

"The next time you hear som... (Below threshold)
jp2:

"The next time you hear some liberal screeching about how Iraqis hate us and want us gone, show them this story."

A great way to gauge public opinion! Apparently, most Iraqis think we are doing more harm than good. Was that screeching?


http://www.usatoday.com/news/graphics/iraq_poll/flash.htm

Democrat Underground and D... (Below threshold)

Democrat Underground and DailyKos to condemn this story as "bullsh*t" and "more of Chimpy's propaganda" in 3... 2... 1...

A great way to gau... (Below threshold)
A great way to gauge public opinion! Apparently, most Iraqis think we are doing more harm than good. Was that screeching?
It's always about you, isn't it, JP2? It's always about you, and your macho defensiveness anytime anyone dares to question, howver indirectly, your opinions. Nevr one to be satisfied with letting something flow in one ear and out the other, you fail realize your actions confirm everything we think about you and your reflexive posturing.

/ Meanwhile, inside JP2's head ...

Screw the hero! His sacrifice doesn't fit into my narrative.
"The effort of the Conce... (Below threshold)
LAB:

"The effort of the Concerned Citizens group has made the area much safer," he said. "They are proud of who they are and their area, and want to get rid of the terrorists in their area."

This is very encouraging and my prayers will most certainly be with his family.

Hmmm, I'm not one for polls... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Hmmm, I'm not one for polls but I had to laugh on the last tab that jp2 must have skipped over while rushing to shit all over the furniture:

"Thinking about any hardships you might have suffered since the U.S./British invasion, do you personally think that ousting Saddam Hussein was worth it or not"

Worth it - Total: 61%

Not Worth it - Total: 28%


-Your bible has betrayed you, jp2.

He deserves the congression... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

He deserves the congressional medal of honor or something like that

jp2A great way... (Below threshold)
marc:

jp2

A great way to gauge public opinion! Apparently, most Iraqis think we are doing more harm than good. Was that screeching?

Funny jp2 I see no question like "Do you want to see the U.S. gone" in that poll.

The closest, in your mind apparently, was the one related to occupation.

Feeling your under occupation is a natural response under the circumstances and shouldn't be confused with wanting the U.S. out.

But you've done a "fine" job of doing just that.

Have anyone seen strong con... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Have anyone seen strong condemnation of AlQ from liberal news sources like USA Today, NYT etc... Also wonder why they don't run a poll of how the Iraqui people feel about the terrorists.

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=OGMyM2Y5ZDY3MDRiYTJlYTA0NDJjYmY1N2Q4NDBiYWI=
The second concept is this: The clash of arms and the clash of ideas influence one other, often in peculiar and even counterintuitive ways.

One example: Al Qaeda in Iraq could not challenge American troops directly. Their solution has been to target innocent Iraqis instead, to slaughter innocent Muslim men, women, and children by the hundreds.

Why wouldn't this cause outrage around the world? It did -- but al Qaeda calculated that in much of the West, the outrage would be directed less at them than at Americans for "stirring up a hornet's nest." And, as they also expected, images of death and destruction, coupled with reports of soldiers killed by roadside bombs, soon would erode the will of many Americans to continue the fight.
...
At the same time, because Petraeus has moved his troops from cloistered bases into Iraqi communities, more Iraqis are coming into contact with Americans and learning that -- frightening though they may look with their body armor and big guns -- they aren't quite as satanic as advertised. They don't ask for bribes. They like kids. They show respect. And they have been providing security while training Iraqis to protect themselves. They are willing to stay and assist but they would prefer to go home as soon as conditions permit -- not quite the dictionary definition of a foreign occupier.

LAI - it won't be long befo... (Below threshold)
marc:

LAI - it won't be long before some child will be posting Abu Ghurayb, Haditha, etc as a way to "discredit" what you have posted.

"Funny jp2 I see no questio... (Below threshold)
jp2:

"Funny jp2 I see no question like "Do you want to see the U.S. gone" in that poll."

Uh oh.

http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/pdf/sep06/Iraq_Sep06_rpt.pdf

"A large majority of Iraqis-71%-say they would like the Iraqi government to ask for US-led forces to be withdrawn from Iraq within a year or less. Given four options, 37 percent take the position that they would like US-led forces withdrawn "within six months," while another 34 percent opt for "gradually withdraw[ing] US-led forces according to a one-year timeline."

jp2... had to go to another... (Below threshold)
marc:

jp2... had to go to another place to find it didn't you.

Which makes your first comment, and link to the poll, on the subject a complete falsehood. Or as some would want to say... you're a liar.

"Here's yet another stor... (Below threshold)
FreedomFries:

"Here's yet another story to show that there are Iraqis who are not terrorists, who are thankful that American soldiers are there, are willing to fight and sacrifice for freedom -- and that they can be heroes, too."

Yep, there's an Iraqi who is one out of 25 million.

Nice post socialistfries. N... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

Nice post socialistfries. Nothing good about the man saving american lives, just more hate america bullshit. You're a class act.

The president needs to take... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

The president needs to take away Tenant's Medal of Freedom and give it to this guy, posthumously.

It's late now and ol' FF is... (Below threshold)

It's late now and ol' FF is probably frenching his own fry right about now, but I thought I'd just bring attention to the official, ONE MILLIONTH EXAMPLE OF LEFTIST BORN RACISM AND BIGOTRY.

Way to go frenchie old boy, Bush illustrates how you racist morons said that the Japanese would never accept freedom, and here you are, virtually within hours, proudly waving your freak flag of self fladulation. You are truly, "out,standing in your field". Congradulations and enjoy all of the backslaps from your comrade pinkos and other self hating freaks and people who make children cry.

To me this demonstrates tha... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

To me this demonstrates that most humans have an innate desire to aid and protect other humans...
There are, of course exceptions everywhere, but they are clearly in the minority.
I am sure this is not an isolated case...

When my son-in-law was a medic in Iraq 2004-5 ...
It was common, after a firefight, for him to aid the wounded of those who attacked his platoon....

Uh, slight correction nogo,... (Below threshold)

Uh, slight correction nogo, people with "western values" have an "innate desire" to aid their fellow human beings. Those we are fighting think it is neat to stuff the dead bodies of chilren with explosives.

Put him on a stamp, George.... (Below threshold)
kim:

Put him on a stamp, George.
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