|Gen. David Petraeus, Col. David Furness, and Shafiq Mubarak (far right). Mubarak served as Furness’s “right hand” during a recent deployment. “I can’t do anything without him,” Furness said.
Mubarak teaches US Marines:
Don’t spit toward Mecca.
Don’t piss or poop toward Mecca.
Don’t sleep with your boots toward Mecca
(Diana West) (h/t Bare Naked Islam) Shafiq_Mubarak is a contractor hired by the Marine Corps Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning to help implement “the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, the winning of hearts and minds.” According to the North County Times, Mubarak didn’t come to the US until 2008 — from where the story doesn’t say — but has been working with US troops in Afghanistan “for much of the past decade.”
Mubarak and Tremore spent hours walking troops through the nuances of meetings, or “shuras” with key local leaders. Both stressed the importance of those meetings. …
Mubarak taught the troops the proper way to sit during a shura. He told them they should plan on at least 30 minutes for an initial meeting, and that they should always finish their tea and eat any food presented. And that includes all the intestinal parasites. “If you don’t, that means to them that you don’t trust them, or think what they are giving you is poison or is unclean,” he said. Mubarak also said the Marines should never spit or urinate to the west, the direction of Mecca that Muslims in Afghanistan face when they pray. In addition, when sharing a base with Afghan army troops, Marines shouldn’t sleep with their feet pointed west, because that also is considered offensive, he said.