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Kurdish military teacher of Gaddafi has fond memories of ex-Libyan leader

By Rudaw 11/1/2017
Mohamadamin was born in Kirkuk in 1927 and joined the Iraqi army at the age of 21. In 1956, he became a military trainer at Rustamiyah College, which was established in 1924 and is the oldest military school in the Arab world.
Mohamadamin was born in Kirkuk in 1927 and joined the Iraqi army at the age of 21. In 1956, he became a military trainer at Rustamiyah College, which was established in 1924 and is the oldest military school in the Arab world.
By Yusif Musa 

ZAKHO, Kurdistan Region - Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, once a staunch exponent for the rights of the Kurds, was taught military lessons by a Kurd at an Iraqi college. 

“I remember once, 40 students from Arab countries, who were above 18, were admitted to the Rustamiyah College in Baghdad which was a developed region at the time in terms of military training. One of them was Muammar Gaddafi. Graduates of this school were awarded Bachelor’s degrees in military science,” recalled Mohamed Karim Mohamadamin, who currently resides in the town of Zakho, near the Kurdistan Region’s border with Turkey. 

Mohamadamin was born in Kirkuk in 1927 and joined the Iraqi army at the age of 21. In 1956, he became a military trainer at Rustamiyah College, which was established in 1924 and is the oldest military school in the Arab world. 

Speaking of the pro-Kurdish former Libyan leader, Mohamadamin said: “He was a strong man, and the most articulate out of all the students I had in the class.” 

“Gaddafi would get very angry if he didn’t like something. He wasn’t following the trainers’ instructions if he didn’t like them, and was closer to me than other mentors.”


The college had 20 military trainers teaching different military aspects. Mohamadamin was the only Kurdish teacher in the school. 

He spoke highly of Gaddafi’s intelligence. “He graduated as a first lieutenant in the training course, and was accompanied by his cousin who also successfully completed the military education.” 

The deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and the Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir also studied at the college.  

Gaddafi rose to power in a military coup in 1969 and ran the country for 42 years. He was ousted when people mounted an uprising against him in 2011. His own people caught him and finally killed him. 

He was an outspoken advocate for the Kurdish nation, and helped their revolutions in 1980s. 

“Arab students were turning to me, saying that Libya’s Gaddafi believed that Kurds were a nation whose rights had been denied by the Arabs and that they should give their rights back to them. I didn’t know why he was so supportive of the Kurds. I never discussed this subject with him,” Mohamadamin said. 

“Gaddafi was a great man. I was so saddened when I saw him forced out of power and inhumanely killed. Sometimes I cannot sleep when I think about him,” he added. 

Mohamadamin is now 89 and has 13 children. He was first married to woman from the Iraqi city of Kirkuk and then remarried to a lady from Zakho where he presently lives. 

“Mohamed often recounts his memories with Gaddafi whom he admired. He was deeply saddened by his death,” Ramzia Saeed, his wife said. 


 


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anti jash freeloaders | 11/1/2017
with all due respect, but what is so kurdish about this gentleman? he lived all his life among arabs, teaching arabs how to fight (kurds), never contributed jack to kurdish cause in any way shape or form. and look how he dresses!! does it look kurdish to you ????? he is a jash who now changed side to live on kurdish honey after his master saddam is no longer in power. end....of.....story.
@anti jash freeloaders | 11/1/2017
Try to have some decency when making a point and maybe reflecting on things before you comment. This gentlemen might have not been active in the Kurdish struggle but if Gaddafi got a positive and pro-Kurd view because of him that means he has done more for Kurds than most of the so called kurdish leaders today. At a time when no one would utter the word 'Kurd' Gaddafi would be scolding Arab and world leaders for the treatment of Kurds, Gaddafi gave millions of dollars to the Kurdish oppostion in the 70's and 80's. And while we are on the subject of who's jash and not you know as well as I do that most of those in high postions today worked with Saddam Khomani and every other Kurdish hating tyrant.
Apoci | 11/1/2017
Iraqi city of Kirkuk??? How dare can you say that? Shame on you Rudaw (Gudaw)!. Kirkuk was a Kurdish city, is a Kurdish city and will be a Kurdish city till one single Kurd lives in this planet!
Shivan.Jaff | 11/1/2017
Thank you for your kind comment .Yes my grand father was Jash that is why he got 3 of his Sons martyred fighting against Saddam ..and still 3 of his Sons are fighting in the front lines as we speak now ....thanks.again
Hoshyar Zaxoy | 11/1/2017
@anti Jash, you need to show full respect to a man over 80 years age. All kurds work for the state they are in, doctors, engineers, teachers, soldiers. police, nurses... so all these people were jash. So we are all Jash with two long ears, so be it.
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