His wife was clinically depressed, but with Fazilhaq’s assistance, he found a doctor to treat her. Not long after he moved to Fort Worth, he tried contacting Luttrell, but he never heard back. At first, it seemed to help, but life in Delhi was harder than it was in Afghanistan, and their apartment now felt even more crowded. The way Luttrell tells it in his book, his team tried to contact headquarters but couldn’t get through, so Murphy decided to take a vote: Axelson wanted to kill the herders, Dietz abstained, and Murphy deferred to Luttrell, who decided to let them go. "This would have been a moot effort had he just remained here." But a few turn that battle against some of the world’s most dangerous militants into something far less heroic. He is wearing a navy Six Flags winter jacket over a white salwar kameez, which stops inches above his gray dress socks and black loafers.Joining us are Gulab’s 17-year-old son, Shahidullah, and Fazilhaq, his friend from India. After the interpreter translated, Gulab says Luttrell wished him a pleasant flight and hung up. Once again, he borrowed money for their flights. In fact, two graphic videos the gunmen shot during the firefight show only seven men in Shah’s militia.“[Luttrell’s claims] are exaggerated nonsense,” says Patrick Kinser, a former Marine infantry officer who participated in Operation Red Wings and read the former SEAL’s after action report. Robinson’s book paints a heroic portrait of Gulab, but the more I read, the more details he disputes. Mohammad Gulab Mangal (Pashto: محمد ګلاب منګل ) (born 3/4/1957) is an Afghan politician. One of them, an Afghan friend, was shot by the Taliban for helping Gulab and still receives death threats. “This letter is from the brave fighters and the mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate,” it read. Luttrell went on to write the best-selling memoir, Lone Survivor. “Now is the time to open up your lap and let the money fall in.”He had a point, Gulab thought. Now Shah was not a threat to the home front. That sacrifice would soon be rewarded, Gulab says his friend told him. Paying smugglers was too dangerous and expensive. At the urging of several Marine commanders, Gulab received some cash and a job at the base in Asadabad. Gulab says Luttrell asked him to give $13,000 to the other villagers, which he says he did. In the next five years, the Special Immigrant Visa program created tens of thousands of slots for Afghans and Iraqis, but bureaucratic bottlenecks, among other things, have left many of those slots unfilled. ‘Lone Survivor’ Navy SEAL DIDN’T face 200 Taliban, claims his Afghan savior in controversial new account of battle Marcus Luttrell was only one of four SEALs to survive battle with Taliban He was rescued by Afghan villager Mohammed Gulab and made it home Luttrell went on to make a fortune from memoir and movie based on ordeal But Gulab has now accused the SEAL of exaggerating parts of his story. On June 24, Vocativ published the story, and it quickly went viral. You can see it in his face—from the wrinkles on his forehead to the dark circles under his eyes. Baptiste Fenouil/REA/Redux. “And I cursed those fucking goatherds to hell.”Luttrell fired at one “hook-nosed Taliban warrior” and “blew his head off.”. Gulab, in his apartment in Fort Worth, Texas, holds a photo of Luttrell taken during their confrontation with a Taliban-linked militia. Wahlberg, with Ali Suliman, who played Gulab in the movie version of ‘Lone Survivor.’. For days, Mohammad Gulab and his fellow villagers protected him from a Taliban-linked militia in northeastern Afghanistan. Coming to AmericaWhen Gulab landed at the Houston airport in September 2010, Luttrell was waiting for him, a watch in his hand—a reminder of their emotional parting five years before. Gulab was furious. There is nothing holding them together now, and Gulab feels abandoned. I broke right there, I quit right there.”Some eight years later, Luttrell couldn’t change what happened to Murphy, but he still had Gulab, a man he now called his brother in blood. And by the time Gulab’s plane landed in Kabul, the Taliban had bootleg versions of it. “This is the most rigorous review on the face of the planet,” Johnson says. I didn’t pick up in time, but the number indicated it was Wildes, who had taken on Gulab’s case for free and was trying to use the media to push the U.S. government to help. Gulab is among the fortunate few. The next morning, Gulab learned he was being sent back to Afghanistan. Now he can’t sleep because he’s worried about his future.“When the Americans came to our country and they were fighting the Taliban, one of them [Marcus] came to my house,” Gulab says. Navy SEALs Michael Murphy left, and Matthew Axelson were killed during Operation Red Wings; Luttrell was the only man in his team who survived. Luttrell had consulted on the film and wanted his friend to help with promotion. ”We pull up to Nora, a trendy restaurant that boasts a “taste of Afghan culture,” along with signature cocktails such as the Kabul Mule. He was wrong. R.M. He was exhausted, scared and dying of thirst, but he pushed on. ‘Cause I couldn’t stand to hear him die. “We are looking for ways to say no to them. Office cleanliness Courteous staff Scheduling flexibility American Institute Of Medicine. Everywhere he went—New York, Houston, Los Angeles—someone wanted to talk to him, to thank him for saving Luttrell. Gulab recalls the translator telling him not to worry about it and saying, “Whatever [Luttrell] says, he will do.”‘He Took Two Rounds to the Chest’True to his word, Luttrell invited Gulab to his house outside of Houston to meet with Robinson. Gulab had saved the life of a Navy SEAL, but no one, he felt, would ever come to his rescue. In a futile attempt to hide from the Taliban, who were trying to kill him, Gulab left his village and moved to Asadabad, capital of Kunar Province. The people of America should not close their eyes on me.”The more Gulab and I speak, the more I see he’s struggling, that he’s riven with resentment. He says he signed the contract under significant stress—the Taliban was trying to kill him—and should have received a larger cut.Luttrell never took a portion of the advance, according to Robinson. “[Soon],” Luttrell wrote, “I met my first real friend, Mohammad Gulab.”. One district commander, Mullah Nasrullah, was livid that his fighters had yet to kill the famous villager from Sabray. Back in Texas, Gulab enjoyed firing guns and palling around with Luttrell at his father-in-law’s ranch. Months later, Gulab was still waiting. But how? But Gulab did it to himself.”Gulab says he never received a copy of The Lion of Sabray from Robinson or the publisher, so as we sit in his drab four-bedroom apartment, I read him parts of his story.“In the book, they say Gulab thought [Luttrell] looked like Fidel Castro.”“Castro?” Fazilhaq asks.“Yes,” I say. They tried with a grenade outside his daughter’s bedroom, the blast hurling shrapnel into her leg. And once he crossed the border, Wildes worried how he would support his wife and kids. “We must have killed 50 or more of them,” Luttrell wrote. “The Luttrells believe that Gulab has come under the influence of one or more handlers in Afghanistan, who are manipulating Gulab for their own financial gain. “Even with all the security of America, I had to go home. “There was nothing honorable about what you did,” the commander said. They gave him thousands of dollars to help the family move to Jalalabad.Luttrell helped too. The Afghan timber worker didn’t fare so well. Earlier that morning, I had purchased a copy of Robinson’s book about Gulab, The Lion of Sabray, published late last fall. “The bottom line,” Wildes says, “was to get him the hell out. To confirm his identity, Gulab says he gave Fairchild a photo a friend took of the SEAL dressed in traditional Afghan clothing during his time in the village, shortly after the battle. But thanks to the lawyer and one of his contacts, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul sent a recommendation to the State Department, saying it was in the U.S. national interest to settle Gulab in America.It wasn’t the first time the lawyer had tried to bring a foreign ally to the states. In the meantime, he eagerly started exploring his new neighborhood, playing with his children in a nearby park and shopping at Goodwill. The Lone Survivor quotes below are all either spoken by Mohammad Gulab or refer to Mohammad Gulab. The most frightening attack came on a hot night in the fall of 2014. They tried with a sniper. Gulab says they continued paying him, but he was no longer allowed on the base. The way Gulab heard it from fellow villagers, when the militants finally found them, the Americans were deliberating about what to do with the goat herders. Luttrell, left, with Mark Wahlberg, who portrays him in ‘Lone Survivor,’ at the movie’s L.A. premiere in 2013. ), Luttrell’s account to 60 Minutes, given years after Darack’s book came out, differs in significant ways from his memoir, other interviews he gave and speeches he’s made around the country. Back in Texas, Gulab enjoyed firing guns and palling around with Luttrell at his father-in-law’s ranch. “I’m very glad to be in America,” Gulab says. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: ). Weeks earlier, after a period of silence from Luttrell, he had received the book contract from the interpreter. That is until early 2006, when he and his brother-in-law were walking on a rural road outside of Asadabad. Under a canopy of stars, they squatted behind a barricade and fired toward the gate, their bullets sparking in the darkness when they hit stones. Gulab decided against it. “And I cursed those fucking goatherds to hell.”. When Luttrell offered to help Gulab acquire a green card, the Afghan said he was appreciative but wasn’t ready to leave his country, despite the threats against his life. 05_20_Gulab_03 He asked about Luttrell several times, but no one was able to put him in touch with the American, so over the next six months, Gulab settled into his new life. He uncovered a bevy of discrepancies in Luttrell’s account. The street names sound regal— Emperor, Imperial— a stark contrast to buildings’ worn brick facades or the patches of beige grass, the empty swimming pool or the bare branches of trees, curling toward the sky. Not long after Gulab arrived in the U.S., this friend said, someone from Luttrell’s camp asked the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security to send him back to Afghanistan, afraid he would harm the family. “You made lots of promises that you didn’t keep.’”, Since writing his memoir, Luttrell began a foundation and has become an entrepreneur, starting his own lines of clothing and ammunition. Gulab scoffs at the estimate by Naval Special Warfare Command that 35 Taliban died in the battle. We also had a signed copy of the book contract. As they passed through a valley, the Taliban began firing at them with AK-47s. We pile into Fazilhaq ’s silver Honda Odyssey and snake over the highways—a concrete labyrinth of pickup trucks and SUVs. He was attracting the Taliban…like flypaper.”. But about a month after his last conversation with Luttrell, Gulab says the interpreter abruptly announced it was time to return to Houston, and they did. When darkness fell, the SEAL started walking. Gulab was asleep in his room when a bomb exploded by the front gate of his home. Wildes told us the Afghan had either misunderstood, that something was lost in translation or he was tragically misinformed. He was born in India as the ninth and youngest child. The State Department funneled his case to a local relief agency, which paid his rent and gave him thousands of dollars in cash assistance over eight months—all on the condition he continued looking for work and attended free English classes. When he came to, the SEAL realized the blast had blown his pants off, and he was badly injured: His back and nose were broken, and his face was busted up, he wrote. “There are a lot of bad people trying to cheat [refugees],” says Ziaulhaq Fazilhaq, a 28-year-old Afghan who befriended Gulab in New Delhi.A former interpreter for the U.S. military, Fazilhaq had been living in India for over a year when he met Gulab. Gulab was devastated. It was one of his contacts. I need help, Marcus!’ It got so intense that I actually put my weapon down and covered my ears. One of them, an Afghan friend, was shot by the Taliban for helping Gulab and still receives death threats. “If I’d known that Marcus was such a dishonorable person,” he says, “I would not have come to America. He says he wanted to stay in the United States, to look for a house in Texas and try and bring his family over. | Developed by, U.S. MARCUS LUTTRELL’S SAVIOR, MOHAMMAD GULAB, CLAIMS ‘LONE SURVIVOR’ GOT IT WRONG, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3585936/Lone-Survivor-Navy-SEAL-accused-embellishing-story-Afghan-hero-saved-rest-soldier-s-team-killed-firefight-Taliban.html#ixzz48y66fjDp. “I don’t know who that guy is.”. No one wants their signature on the next 9/11 hijacker’s visa papers…. “If you had brought Marcus back to the mountain, we would have traded him for money and prisoners, and you could have kept the ransom.”Shocked, Gulab hung up.About a month later, another call came. It is curious that Gulab’s allegations and the financial requests came in the same time frame.” (Gulab denies these allegations. “The man you protected was an American soldier, not a Muslim.” Gulab didn’t back down. I hope the suicide bombers or the Taliban brothers will fulfill my order. A bullet pierced his nephew’s skull, and the gunman fled into the night. Mohammad Gulab, shown at left Skyping with immigration attorney Michael Wildes, is living in an undisclosed location. “I’ve been at the location where he was ambushed multiple times. Gulab was excited. In his statement from Buzbee, the former SEAL disputes this, saying he encouraged Gulab to stay but that he left on his own accord. In 2008, in a rare display of bipartisanship, Congress created a system to bring over Iraqi and Afghan translators, office workers and other American allies. As the three huddled, Gulab claims they hashed out a verbal agreement: Luttrell promised to link him up with Robinson, his co-author, so he could tell his version of how they met, and the Afghan could keep the profits from the book. Some of the other patrons stare. As the three huddled, Gulab claims they hashed out a verbal agreement: Luttrell promised to link him up with Robinson, his co-author, so he could tell his version of how they met, and the Afghan could keep the profits from the book. Erasmo "Doc" Riojas gives up all rights to all articles and graphics on www.sealtwo.org and seeks no compensation for its use. On April 9, 2014, while I was working at a website called Vocativ, I received an email from Sami Yousafzai, a Pashto-speaking colleague in Islamabad, Pakistan. You may use this site at your own risk that none, part of or all of what is posted is factual. Because Gulab had saved the life of a Navy SEAL, his new friend assumed it wouldn’t take long for him to move to the states. So as he stood in his yard, watching the sun slowly rise, Gulab finally lost something the Taliban hadn’t been able to take from him in nearly a decade of attacks—he lost hope. SCHNEIDERMAN – 5-11-2016 - BRON A photo of former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell dressed in traditional Afghan attire during his stay in the village of Sabray during the summer of 2005. The way Gulab heard it from fellow villagers, when the militants finally found them, the Americans were deliberating about what to do with the goat herders. With money from the film, he could move to Kabul—even to America, if it came to that. That night, Gulab and his sons packed their clothes into two small suitcases and prepared to leave the country. A photo of former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell dressed in traditional Afghan attire during his stay in the village of Sabray during the summer of 2005. “But a lot of things are different [than in Afghanistan]. A bullet pierced his nephew’s skull, and the gunman fled into the night.Gulab was devastated. 2016. I was like, ‘Just come down to me.’… I heard his gun go off and a lot of gunfire in his area. Less than a year later, the U.S. military arrested him, fearing he was collaborating with the Taliban, among other things. To get a sense of why Gulab didn’t seek asylum, Spies later called Michael Wildes, a former federal prosecutor and prominent New York attorney. Compare your options, browse their menus, then place your Gulab jamun order online with Uber Eats. He had friends in the States and contacts in Kabul, but no one seemed able to help. I’ve slaughtered a lot of animals.”. The next morning, Gulab learned he was being sent back to Afghanistan. The burly Texas native frequently offered to help him start a business, Gulab says, and the two discussed a market the Afghan said he wanted to buy in Asadabad. After dinner, we head back to my hotel. That fall, the Taliban’s “shadow governor” in Kunar province sent Gulab a written threat. (His lawyer, Tony Buzbee, said in a statement: “Marcus Luttrell stands by his account in Lone Survivor. He said goodbye to the mosques and government ministries, goodbye to the streets and alleyways, goodbye to the mountains and valleys. He had little money and no way to travel on his own. Under a canopy of stars, they squatted behind a barricade and fired toward the gate, their bullets sparking in the darkness when they hit stones. Be … Others associated with the Lone Survivor movie and book were also approached with similar requests, at about the same time. Mohammad Gulab (left) attended the 'Lone Survivor' New York premiere in December 2013. With the rise of the Islamic State group, the program has seen massive backlogs. The Afghan didn’t have a passport or the money for the flight, but Fairchild and the foundation took care of that.Gulab almost didn’t make it to the States. Robinson, Luttrell’s co-author, recalls a similar exchange: “[Luttrell and his wife] offered to build Gulab a large house on a river,” he says, “and to provide him with livestock…that would give him an income and he would be safe there forever.”, As the buzz around Lone Survivor increased, Luttrell advised him to seek asylum, since it was proving difficult for him to get a green card. “No Taliban!” one of them shouted. Now I’m in their country, the USA, and we’ll see how they treat me.”The Lion of Fort WorthThe next morning, the sky is gray and filled with clouds when Fazilhaq arrives at my hotel. We had photos from their interview, which Yousafzai recorded, and copies of Gulab’s visas. “It was the stupidest, most southern-fried, lame-brained decision I ever made in my life,” he wrote. Lone Survivor became a blockbuster, earning nearly $155 million at the box office globally. After Luttrell and company freed the locals, the gunmen waited for the right moment to strike. Mohammad W Asfour is listed as a Director with Jyz Properties LLC in Texas. We drive to the apartment complex where he and Gulab live with hundreds of other refugees—Afghans and Syrians, Iraqis and Somalis, a smattering of Burmese. The most frightening attack came on a hot night in the fall of 2014. The question of honor has nothing to do with his religion.”‘I Won’t Keep Silent’On April 9, 2014, while I was working at a website called Vocativ, I received an email from Sami Yousafzai, a Pashto-speaking colleague in Islamabad, Pakistan. Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty. Gulab asked the interpreter to call Luttrell several times but says he never got through. Soon, they will send you to the grave.”, A member of Afghan security forces in February surveys the aftermath of a suicide attack in Kunar, a province riven with attacksb by Taliban supporters. R.M. “It’s not that I’d pay you,” the Afghan villager recalls him saying. Gulab, however, says he wanted only friendship—and Luttrell said he wanted the same. To Be a Friend Is FatalIn his book, To Be a Friend Is Fatal, Kirk Johnson, a former U.S. Agency for International Development worker in Fallujah, describes the wishful thinking and twisted logic that left so many U.S. allies stranded in Iraq and Afghanistan. (A Navy spokesman declined to comment on the matter.) “He was also the kind of terrorist who would like nothing better than to mastermind a new attack on the U.S. mainland.”, Navy SEALs Michael Murphy left, and Matthew Axelson were killed during Operation Red Wings; Luttrell was the only man in his team who survived. After 22 days, Gulab’s wife asked to return home with her daughters.05_20_Gulab_11. With the rise of the Islamic State group, the program has seen massive backlogs. He uncovered a bevy of discrepancies in Luttrell’s account. “It dropped him. He raised more than $30,000 with a fundraiser, and sent the money in installments over the next three years to the Afghan’s bank. The former SEAL seemed angry, Gulab recalls. I’ve been in enough firefights to know that when shit hits the fan, it’s hard to know how many people are shooting at you. But the Afghan claims the villagers and American military personnel who combed the mountain for the bodies of the dead SEALs never found any enemy corpses. But as Robinson went through Luttrell’s version of what happened in Afghanistan, Gulab thought many parts of the story were not the way he remembered them.Most of the differences were minor. But the friend did confirm his conversation with Gulab, asking for anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.When Gulab heard this, he panicked. Gulab says Luttrell asked him to give $13,000 to the other villagers, which he says he did.For the next two years, Gulab and his family remained relatively safe. He succeeded, but it cost him his life.A short while later, all of Luttrell’s teammates were dead, and then a Taliban grenade blew him sideways and over a ravine. Wildes told us the Afghan had either misunderstood, that something was lost in translation or he was tragically misinformed. ADVERTISING. Afficher les profils des personnes qui s’appellent Mohammad Gulab Khan. “If it wasn’t for the movie, Marcus would never have asked me to come here.”. ‘Cause I couldn’t stand to hear him die. It not only signed away his rights to review the manuscript but also indicated he had to split the profits three ways. Two people, he said, were going to extraordinary lengths to help his client, risking not only their jobs but also their lives. In the winter of 2014, Gulab was forced to make an agonizing decision: Flee with half his family or wait and risk another attack. More puzzling: While Luttrell wrote that he fired round after round during the battle, Gulab says the former SEAL still had 11 magazines of ammunition when the villagers rescued him—all that he had brought on the mission.Gulab wasn’t the first to question the accuracy of Lone Survivor. In exchange, a Taliban-aligned group freed a prisoner of their own: Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. “I told the commander the man I saved was a human being. His wife and children had to flee, and his family lost nearly everything: Their home and most of their clothes, their taxi and timber business, their apple trees and the land, where they had planted wheat and corn.In the summer of 2005, not long after Gulab saved Luttrell, the U.S. military showed its gratitude. Unable to make rent, he and his sons spent weeks living in the apartment or a tent, depending on what he could afford.In April, however, an Afghan friend loaned him thousands of dollars to buy his wife and three daughters plane tickets. Gulab had never read Luttrell’s book—he can’t read or write in any language, and he understood the movie was fictional. Static filled the line, and then Spies heard a man speaking in a foreign language as the second individual translated. Are you also wondering how much money is Mohammad Gulab Mangal making on Youtube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram? During the day, Gulab slept at home, cradling a Kalashnikov. They treated him well, he says, but the interpreter was rarely around. After several days, they set him free and apologized. The prospects for his illiterate friend and his sons were much worse.Fazilhaq found Gulab and his sons an apartment—a small room and bathroom with no kitchen—and helped them register with the U.N. refugee agency. The next morning, on January 9, 2015, Gulab held his wife’s hands in his and said goodbye. But about a month after his last conversation with Luttrell, Gulab says the interpreter abruptly announced it was time to return to Houston, and they did. He chose the former, hoping the Taliban would leave his wife and children alone. COOPER NEILL FOR NEWSWEEK The next day, Gulab met one of his contacts, who handed him his plane tickets and several hundred dollars. 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