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IRAQ TO FORT CAMPBELL
Once an interpreter for invading US troops, Iraqi man becomes American soldier

Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, June 5, 2014 5:49 AM EDT
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky.


In the months after American forces invaded Iraq in 2003, Abdulla Mizead would look warily as soldiers carrying heavy weapons patrolled his neighborhood in Najaf.

Normally, he would keep his distance. But one afternoon he approached some American troops stopped on a street after seeing them having a tough time communicating with an Iraqi man.

Mizead, 25 at the time, had learned English growing up around the world and stepped in to help translate.

A few minutes later, he started to walk away and a sergeant asked him to wait. The soldiers needed a translator to replace a Kuwaiti who was returning home. Would he be interested?

He agreed and that encounter set him on an improbable course: He's now a lieutenant in the U.S. Army at Fort Campbell.










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