March 20, 2005


Saudi soldier’s journey to death in Iraq (Reuters, 20 March 2005)

Six months ago sergeant Mahmoud al-Harithi resigned from the Saudi military, said goodbye to his wife and two children, and left home for jihad in Iraq.

A family man, the 32-year-old called home regularly. But he said little and resisted pleas for him to return.

“He was looking for martyrdom. No matter who he would fight and no matter where, Afghanistan or Iraq, he was looking to be a martyr,” said one of his cousins, who asked not to be named.

One Friday in late February his father had just finished midday prayers when he noticed two missed calls on his mobile phone. He called back, and heard a curt message telling him that Mahmoud’s wish had been granted.

“Your son is dead. We regret we cannot send you his body. We request your permission to bury him in Iraq,” the voice said.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 20, 2005 12:08 PM
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