31 Oct '13, 12pm

Florida #Marine opens home to Afghan comrade who saved his life: @USMC

TAMPA, Fla. — Seven hours into the long flight from Dubai, Qudratullah Hakimi fell asleep, not waking up until the jet touched down at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. As the plane slowly headed to the taxiway, Hakimi looked around in amazement. “I can’t believe I am in America,” he says he thought to himself. “I have waited for a long time.” It was Oct. 16. Almost exactly five years earlier, Hakimi, working as an interpreter with a team of Marines training Afghan troops, risked his life to save a Marine lieutenant colonel. Ty Edwards, now medically retired and living in Tampa Palms, spent the past four years, during an often painful rehabilitation, fighting State Department bureaucracy to bring Hakimi to the United States. Hakimi was greeted at the airport by his brother Hewad, who also served as an interpreter for the U.S. military in Afghanistan until g...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/florida-marine-opens-home-to-afgha...

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