- Created: Tuesday, 21 February 2017 02:12
- Written by Super User
BY JASON MCGAHAN WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2017 AT 7:31 A.M. L.A. WeekLY
On Jan. 30, three days after President Donald Trump banned travelers from seven mostly Muslim countries, a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul landed at Los Angeles International Airport carrying a 30-year-old Iraqi passenger named Alan Abdullah. Abdullah has a green card, which he was able to obtain after moving to the United States with his family last year. Prior to that, he had earned a special immigration visa in exchange for his service to the United States military. For seven years he was an interpreter for the Army in the northern region of Kirkuk, and he was wounded twice. In 2006, at the age of 20, he was on foot patrol with an American GI in a restive and violent area of Kirkuk Province known as al-Rashad when the soldier stepped on a concealed explosive device. The detonation blew off both of the soldier's legs. Abdullah was wounded by shrapnel from the explosion. A year later, in 2007, the Humvee in which he was patrolling struck a bomb, and he survived a second explosion.