Skip to comments.Rehabilitated Insurgent Forgiven, Released During Holy Month of Ramadan
Posted on 09/28/2008 12:34:47 PM PDT by SandRat
KIRKUK In the spirit of reconciliation and during the observance of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Sheik Abdullah Sami Al Asi Obeydi, a Kirkuk Sunni Arab Provincial Council member and tribal leader, was reunited with his cousin, Shakn Abdullah Mushed Al-Rahma Obeydi, after a ten-month separation, here at Forward Operating Base Warrior, Sept. 27.
Abdullah Mushed was detained by the Coalition in November for supporting insurgent activity in the province of Kirkuk. The release was facilitated by the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims ask forgiveness for past sins, pray for guidance into the future, ask for help in refraining from everyday evils, and try to purify themselves through self-restraint and good deeds.
I am releasing your cousin into your care and watchful eye, Col. David Paschal, commander, 1BCT, 10th Mtn. Div., said to Sheik Abdullah Sami.
He credited the sheiks participation in the successful establishment of the Sons of Iraq program in the northern RashaadValley, south of the city of Kirkuk, and told the sheik that he understood that people make wrong choices.
I have spoken to your cousin and he needs to take personal responsibility for his past deeds and change his ways, Paschal said.
He warned both the sheik and his cousin that he would be monitoring Abdullah Musheds return to the province.
Go home to your family. Embrace them. They need you. Take this golden opportunity to make positive changes in your life and that of your familys, Paschal said.
Sheik Abdullah Sami thanked Paschal for his help and the efforts of his Soldiers who have made the Kirkuk province a safer place for everyone. He also hailed the commanders efforts to afford people a second chance, referring specifically to his cousins past.
As a great American General once said: “NUTS!!!”.
Abdullah should have been Mushed; not catched & released.
What, do they think he’s an illegal immigrant, and they’re the Border Patrol/ICE?
Dam’nfoolishness and a Helluva way to fight a war.