Father who fled Iraq reunited with toddler son in Minnesota

  • Article by: Mary Lynn Smith , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 26, 2013 - 12:09 AM

Boy’s mother was shot to death last fall by men looking for her husband.

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comment229Apr. 26, 13 6:05 AM

Finally, I hope the CNN cameras are rolling live, when the father meets up with his brother, the uncle that denounced these two immediately. I also think we need to hear from a few Muslim leaders in the USA. These two didn't commit the terrorist acts because of a grudge against Boston or political figures or anything else.... it appears to be for religious reasons. Why, is the Muslim community so silent. There should be outrage against the radicals that promoted this whether it was in person in Russia, or on a You Tube video.

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chulapieApr. 26, 13 7:42 AM

And exactly who is paying for this? Can we please take care of our own first. Sorry for this guys troubles, but Iraq is his country, so why is he not there fighting for HIS country? Coward?

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oldmanjonesApr. 26, 13 8:22 AM

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free

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KApr. 26, 13 8:22 AM

That's a wonderful picture, and an adorable little boy. Thank goodness he's made it here safely.

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slowrideApr. 26, 13 8:30 AM

This man helped the Marines and his wife died for that. I welcome him and his son into America with open arms and he will probably be very productive and contribute much to this country as time goes by. Calling him a coward as I have read above is despicable and if you noticed there was an American flag balloon attached to his sons stroller which he proudly carried on his way to the airport.

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peacepleaseApr. 26, 13 8:35 AM

Ok, I am so disgusted that I even have to respond, but to the previous posters- one, this has absolutley NOTHING to do with the Boston Marathon suspects and two, our country has always welcomed refugees, that is what we do. Land of the free and land of democracy. What a heart wrenching story, and I am so happy that your son made it to the USA. Americans in this country who have never visited other countries or understand what kind of violence and wars surround these folks each and every day should thank their lucky stars they live here. Each and every day, people die trying to make it to U.S. shores.

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k3k30sApr. 26, 13 8:38 AM

chulapie: What a despicable statement. People flee these countries because they or their families are tortured or threatened. These people that get here have to have iron-clad proof that they are fleeing due to torture. If you note is the article it took 4 years for him to get out with the hope being that his wife and son would join him soon and they could begin a new life. Go to Iraq or Somalia or Liberia and find out what it is like to live there before you cast stones.

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beebee82Apr. 26, 13 9:00 AM

chulapie, these guys and their families would have not been in danger had the brother not put his neck out for our Marines by being a translator. Do you know how many U.S. Marines and soldiers were saved because of their translators? They were fighting for THEIR country, knowing full well their wives would be made targets for their efforts. Coward? You obviously don't know the meaning of the word or the lives these people live.

We owe these guys and their families. I know I personally owe my husband's safe return from Iraq because of a translator who risked everything to help the U.S. military. I'm so glad this boy has been reunited with his father!

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maryreadApr. 26, 13 9:29 AM

Sir, I am so sorry for the loss of your wife. I am glad that your little boy is safely in your arms again. Welcome to Minnesota!

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LicoriceApr. 26, 1311:36 AM

Let's hope that Mr. Alkadi doesn't read the first two on-line comments. For shame, people! He risked his life and his family's to help the U.S. Marines.

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