Afghan hero behind ‘Lone Survivor’ film being hunted down by Taliban

A general view of atmosphere is seen during the premiere for "Lone Survivor" during AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 12, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (AFP Photo / Getty Images / Alberto E. Rodriguez)
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Despite saving wounded Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell in Afghanistan and helping ‘Lone Survivor’ make tens of millions in profits at the box office, Mohammad Gulab is struggling to protect his family from an endless stream of Taliban attacks.

In 2005, the rural village dweller lived in a small town in the mountainous Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan, along the contentious border with Pakistan. While in the wilderness near his home, Gulab discovered the severely wounded Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. Shot in the leg and suffering from fractures in three vertebrae, Luttrell desperately needed water and medical care after his unit was involved in a firefight with the Taliban. He was the sole survivor from his unit of four.

An ethnic Pashtun, Gulab felt obliged to help the stranger, and carried him to his home where he was given shelter, food, water, and medical attention. Also given was protection from the Taliban, who knew Luttrell was being sheltered in the village, but could not find out where, thanks to the tight-lipped attitude of residents.

A villager eventually snuck past fighters guarding the area to deliver a hand-written note to a US military base. When commanders had possession of the message with the location of Luttrell, they dispatched helicopters and soldiers to retrieve the wounded solider.

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