For the next two weeks, the Lone Survivor Foundation paid for Gulab to travel around the country with Fairchild and an interpreter. ‘Cause I couldn’t stand to hear him die. The threats kept coming. That’s the night he and his wife ran up to the roof with assault rifles. ‘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. Gulab emerged unscathed, but a bullet hit his brother-in-law in the ribs. "When he was here, he should have applied for asylum," Wildes said. But at least the Taliban didn’t know where he lived. He no longer has to sleep with a gun by his side—a strange, naked feeling. They accused Yousafzai of fabricating the interview, for which Gulab was outraged. For months, Wildes had been working with Gulab, and he’d made several useful contacts in Kabul and Asadabad. “The allegations that the Luttrells mistreated Gulab in any way are absolutely false,” the lawyer said. It had been nearly 10 years since he had saved Luttrell. Even with his friends behind him, Gulab still had to wait months to leave the country for India. 05_20_Gulab_03 Mohammad Gulab Mangal (Pashto: محمد ګلاب منګل ) (born 3/4/1957) is an Afghan politician. The Americans were in a deadly bind. “The bottom line,” Wildes says, “was to get him the hell out. Finally, in August, Gulab’s contacts told him to bring his wife and daughters back to New Delhi. Navy SEALs Michael Murphy left, and Matthew Axelson were killed during Operation Red Wings; Luttrell was the only man in his team who survived. “If you like the kebab here, I will buy a sheep and slaughter it myself. It not only signed away his rights to review the manuscript but also indicated he had to split the profits three ways. 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. “[Soon],” Luttrell wrote, “I met my first real friend, Mohammad Gulab.”For days, Gulab and the other villagers protected Luttrell from the militants—even in the face death threats. That night, Gulab and his sons packed their clothes into two small suitcases and prepared to leave the country. “This letter is from the brave fighters and the mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate,” it read. He had friends in the States and contacts in Kabul, but no one seemed able to help. 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. “I had no words in his language to express my thanks,” Luttrell wrote. Robert Nickelsberg/Getty. Schneiderman Gulab says he appreciates the freedom he has in the U.S., the safety and security. As gunfire rained down on them, the SEALs blasted back before tumbling down the mountain, as their attackers followed, firing rocket propelled grenades. ADVERTISING. Now that Gulab was back in Afghanistan, however, his options were limited. 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. With the rise of the Islamic State group, the program has seen massive backlogs. Along the way, he’s received death threats, and he says the Saudi government once hired a team to bug his office. Over the course of several months, Gulab saw the film three times. “Now is the time to open up your lap and let the money fall in.”He had a point, Gulab thought. Little, Brown won the book at auction with a seven-figure advance, according to The New York Times, and it became a major success. This time it wasn’t the Taliban. The next morning, on January 9, 2015, Gulab held his wife’s hands in his and said goodbye. It was one of his contacts. 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. 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. “He totally changed,” Gulab says of Luttrell. 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. They tried with a bomb. He would have to seek refuge at the U.S. Embassy and flee to another country.On June 24, Vocativ published the story, and it quickly went viral. “There are no Afghans here,” he says. Apertura: Domingo, 11:30 AM. Gulab asked the interpreter to call Luttrell several times but says he never got through. But one night in 2012, as he returned from a grocery store, riding in the passenger seat of his nephew’s Toyota, the Taliban opened fire from the side of the road. For more than a decade, the Taliban’s threats kept him awake at night. They tried to kill him in the morning. R.M. The Afghan’s friends advised him not to sign, but he didn’t listen; he needed the money.On May 2, Mike Spies, another colleague working on the story, spoke to a Luttrell representative and a second person associated with the former SEAL. University of North Texas . President Barack Obama If ever there was a man deserving to be a citizen of the United States of America it is Mohammad Gulab who saved the remaining Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell of Operation Red Wings from most certain death at the hands of the enemy. A security guard greets us at the gate and lets us pass. “I was 100 percent sure the U.S. government would give me a green card,” he says. Gulab, in his apartment in Fort Worth, Texas, holds a photo of Luttrell taken during their confrontation with a Taliban-linked militia. He even visited Las Vegas. His dream is to start a family business, so he can once again be his own boss. The Americans were badly injured, Luttrell wrote, but continued to fight back, killing as many Taliban as they could, until they were nearly out of ammunition. “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. In the mid-2000s, as insurgents stepped up their attacks against “collaborators,” Johnson began compiling a list of at-risk Iraqis. 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. He wanted to write about Gulab’s return to Afghanistan, and he met the timber worker a short time later at a secret location. The Taliban put him on a kill list, so he couldn’t return to his village. Now that he was in the States, he hoped the former SEAL would help him find a job. On June 24, Vocativ published the story, and it quickly went viral. Lone Survivor became a blockbuster, earning nearly $155 million at the box office globally. Wildes’s years of experience taught him to take precautions — he keeps a Glock on his hip and a bulletproof vest in his trunk. Gulab wasn’t so polite. “Gulab pretty well agreed with about 90 percent of [Marcus’s book],” the writer says. 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. By visiting this website you are accepting all the terms of this disclaimer notice. In the summer of 2005, not long after Gulab saved Luttrell, the U.S. military showed its gratitude. Now he appeared to indicate Murphy alone decided to let the goat herders go. 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. “If I’d known that Marcus was such a dishonorable person,” he says, “I would not have come to America. He loved his nephew and felt guilty about his death. The commander even called Gulab. At night, he left his family and went to a secret location. 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. Gulab maintains the SEALs were far from the stealthy, superhuman warriors described in Lone Survivor. Months passed with no movement in his case, and Gulab was getting desperate. A sniper and a medic, Luttrell packed a scoped military assault rifle and 11 magazines—three more than usual, he wrote in Lone Survivor. The wound wasn’t serious, but it was a painful reminder that the Taliban would never stop trying to kill him. The money has been helpful, the Afghan says; it allowed him to pay back some of what he borrowed while in India. Paying smugglers was too dangerous and expensive. The U.S. was performing security checks, and there was nothing to do but wait. They had no rope to tie up the men, but letting them go might be a fatal mistake; the Afghans could alert the Taliban. They tried with a sniper. In his 2009 book, Victory Point, the journalist Ed Darack wrote about the 2nd Battalion of the 3rd Marine Regiment in Afghanistan, the unit that planned the mission. Gulab, in his apartment in Fort Worth, Texas, holds a photo of Luttrell taken during their confrontation with a Taliban-linked militia. Named Mohammad Gulab, 2015, Gulab says of Luttrell taken during their confrontation with a bullet pierced nephew. 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