Michael's Dispatches

Our Muslim Friends Suffer, Too


Published: 29 September 2010

Terrorism knows no bounds.  This atrocity happened in Iraq and the sadness still lingers in many hearts.

I republish these two emails with permission of CSM Jeffrey Mellinger.

Mohemmed's name has been changed to protect his family.  May God cherish his brave Soul.

SGM Mohemmed al-Ahbab

From: Mellinger Jeffrey J CSM MNF-I CSM
Sent: Friday, November 03, 2006 10:20 AM
To: SPC Jason Clark (MNF-I CSM Gunner); SFC Caprecia A Miller; CSM Frank Graham (1st Bde 1 AD); IT3 Joshua D Carter (ITSN Naval Subase NLON,Communications); SGT Ben Harless; IT1 Robert Parker (MNF-I CSM Commo); PFC David Belfiore (MNF-I CSM PSD); SGT Carson Rowe (MNF-I CSM PSD); SGT Christopher Hathaway (MNF-I CSM PSD); SGT Nicholas McManus (MNF-I CSM PSD Medic); SGT Nicholas Stirrett (MNF-I CSM PSD); SPC David MacDonald (MNF-I CSM Driver); SPC Jeremy Worthy (MNF-I CSM Driver); SPC Joshua Wathen (MNF-I CSM PSD); SPC Marc Paugh (MNF-I CSM PSD); SPC Michael Clark (MNF-I CSM Driver); SPC Nolan Lovett (MNF-I CSM PSD); SPC Richard Cabeceiras (MNF-I CSM PSD); SSG Kim N Robinson (MNF-I CSM Patrol Leader); SSG Lanretta L. Covington (MNF-I CSM EAA)
Subject: [U] RIP: SGM Mohemmed al-Ahbab, ICTF

I am sorry to tell you that Sergeant Major Mohemmed al-Ahbab, of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Force (ICTF) was killed during a mission.

He was a warrior, a patriot, a friend and a frequent traveler with the Lion 7 crew.  I will miss him, as I know you will.  Please pass this to all those whose life he touched, but keep it from others as he still has family here.
The fight continues.

CSM M-----Original Message-----
From: Far North Mellingers
Sent: Friday, June 26, 2009 7:56 AM
To: Mellinger, Jeffrey J CSM MIL USA AMC
Subject: RIP SGM Mohemmed al-Ahbab, ICTF

SGM Mohemmed al-Ahbab was a member of the ICTF and Iraqi Special Forces (ISF).  He rode many miles with me and my crew, and was right in the middle of any fray we had, moving quickly to the sounds of the guns.  The Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Force (ICTF) was on everyone's hit list, as they were fighting for Iraq, and against all who were not for Iraq first.  The ICFT killed plenty of Anti-Iraqi Forces (AIF) and Al Qaeda - Iraq (AQI), and I was privileged to go on many raids and operations with them.  I was never afraid of them - they were patriots and fierce fighters.

To soften the blow to the Lion 7 team, the above email reflects what I told them.

The truth is, he was captured leaving his Sadr City (Tharwa) home.  His brothers had been captured, tortured and killed while refusing to disclose his location.  His father suffered the same fate. Finally, Mohammed himself was captured coming back from leave.

For the next four days, sadistic Shi’a bastards (and he was himself Shi’a) beat him to the point of opening tissue and breaking major bones, used electric drills to drill every major joint (elbows, knees, ankles, shoulders), several locations in his skull, and every rib.  Not to leave a single nerve unexposed, they used a Sawz-all to cut a notch from his bottom jaw, four teeth wide, and to the jut of his chin.  Still, he lived.

Still alive after four days of this, he was shot twice in the head.  He was bruised and swollen almost beyond recognition, but a tattoo revealed his identity.

A couple of weeks later, I was called by the CSM of the USSF element at the Radwaniyah Palace Complex (RPC) in Baghdad, and asked if I wanted to come along on the raid to kill/capture the rat bastards that had tortured and killed Mohemmed.  Well, of course!

SGT Duncan, SGM Mohemmed, SPC Jason 'Big' Clark

CSM Mellinger & SGM Mohamad at the Al Fathah pipeline crossing, 29 March 2006

CSM Mellinger, SGM Mohemmed's friend, tells me that those who killed Mohemmed were killed in the raid.

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  • This commment is unpublished.
    parlefer · 11 years ago
    that broke my heart. thank you for telling us.
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    Mick · 11 years ago
    Thank you Mr. Mohemmed (whatever your true name is) for your service to your country and being a brother to those of mine.

    I bet it was the fire that you really wanted to kill the bastard in front of you that kept you alive for so long.

    You'll be remembered by us Americans civilians and the men and women you've served with from the American military, trust me, I'll remember your story.

    If you were a practicing Muslim than may Allah bless you and those of your family that were killed and curse those that killed you.

    And for you Christians...I'm sure Jesus would welcome him in his arms for the man was a protector of the innocent.

    And for agnostics like me...well I hope there is something else better...and I hope he is there.

    I'm pretty sure this keyboard warrior won't die in the way he did nor give service in the way he did.

    That is what I think we should remember.
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    John C. Lamoreaux · 11 years ago
    A true shahid!
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    JR · 11 years ago
    Joe F - It called perception you see it one way and I see it another. I think people on the left are the ones filled with hate and lack common sense. You complain about Fox news but have you ever watched MSNBC? They employee some of the most disgusting people I have ever seen, they think they're so clever whenever they call the tea party people teabaggers because they are getting away with calling people a nasty sex act. So go ahead you can think like that and pretend your a compasionate person.
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    RT · 11 years ago
    SGM Mohemmed was my friend. Even though we came from two extremely different backgrounds we had a lot in common. We both liked to tell jokes and laughed all of the time. I remember his smile the most. When I met him for the first time he treated me like we had known each other all of our lives. This was very surprising to me considering the fact that I am a female soldier. He regarded me as an equal and a friend. For those of you that think all Muslims are terrorists I urge you to really get to know an individual of this faith. Do not judge, We are all god's children regardless of the book that guides us or the name by which we call our creator. SGM Mohemmed was a hero. I just recently heard the truth about his death. I tell you that my heart has been broken by the loss of this brave soldier. I can't imagine going through the torture that he had to endure. I will never forget him.
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    ali · 11 years ago
    where are you now
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    P.H. 2/75 · 11 years ago
    You are so right. He was kind, gentle, deadly and serious about ridding his country of terrorists of any flavor, and a hero. Those who knew him will keep him in their hearts along with all our other fallen in this war.
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    johnny infidel · 11 years ago
    Seems a lot of "useful idiots" to the scourge of islam have found their way here. Despite this poor bastard's dreadful torture...read the "holy quran". If you've any sense you shall see straight away that these morons have no regard except extermination for "infidels" ,kafirs to you. What the hell makes you think you can reason with a person with this sort of mentality? F.Y.I. recently a WMD was intercepted on our left coast if that means anything.
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    Iraqi Basra · 9 years ago
    As an Iraqi, I find this very touching, in Iraq we know that the ISOF/ICTF are our last line of defense against any threats from inside or outside. Those guys are brave and they work for Iraq and no one else. Today 10,000 troops serve in ISOF and they all are highly motivated to protect the democracy in Iraq. We need more quality weapons, some of the ISOF in south Iraq and other places are still using AKs and Mi-17 helicopters. The Iraqi government is willing to buy 11bn worth of equipment for the IA which will standardize our armed forces and make them fully use American weapons. I thank you again for your positive image on Islam and yes we are peaceful people but we have a group of crazy bastards who have to be shown the right path the hard way.

    I thank you again.
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    TMI · 9 years ago
    Michael, is the story about the Al Qaeda family baking their own kid and serving it - true?

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