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    "Currently there are 32 Muslims from 22 nations attending the international officers class at the Intelligence Center on Fort Huachuca.

    The Muslim students are from: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Djibouti, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkey and Tunisia."

    Source: 314th Military Intelligence Battalion’s International Military Students Office

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      WHAT??!! iwlee! , alhamdulilah souria isn't on that list


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        As important as it is for the foreign officers, to gain an understanding of American culture, the same is true for Americans and other international officers to gain an appreciation for other regions and faiths, said Manigault, who is the deputy chief of the International Military Students Office.

        The Eid feast is just one avenue to accomplish cultural interaction, he said, noting within the Islamic faith there are many different cultural aspects, especially since the religion is throughout the world.
        nice dinner, not bad
        It seems as if one fails to conceive
        The meaning my name strives to achieve

        To a biological form you cannot relate-
        Because a reproductive cell is a gamete not gamate!

        It means to unite, -to become consolidated
        So without me in, is there hope we'd be amalgamated?


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          oh... lol, i didn't see that link there under Algeria


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            Ernie Montagne, left, and his wife Sally
            hosted military intelligence basic officer leadership course students
            2nd Lt. Jose Andrade (Honduras), second from left; 1st Lt. Moga Jumanne Kalwani (Tanzania)
            and 1st Lt. Boudraa Mosbah (Algeria) to a good old fashioned American Thanksgiving dinner.
            The foreign officers are studying at Fort Huachuca.

            HEREFORD, November 23, 2007 — On Thursday, three foreign military students had their first taste of Thanksgiving in the U.S.

            After studying in the Military Intelligence Basic Officer Training Leadership Course since August, Jose Andrade of Honduras, Moga Juwanne Kalwani of Tanzania and Boudraa Mosbah of Algeria had some time off to enjoy some American traditions.

            Though they each had some trouble with the fast pace of the English they heard spoken when they first arrived in the United States, they’ve begun to master the language, their studies and learn a bit about Thanksgiving from Ernie and Sally Montagne, members of the Sierra Vista Rotary Club.

            The Montagnes offered to give the men a Thanksgiving dinner after remembering their own travels.

            “We found that we love to meet local people when were traveling and we want to return the favor,” Sally Montagne said.

            While serving in the military, the hospitality of strangers was important to him when he traveled to foreign assignments without family, Ernie Montagne said.

            “In Korea, they invited us into their homes and were very generous, and we really appreciated that,” he said. “It made me love Korea and I still have friends there.”

            As the group conversed before dinner, Mosbah and Andrade said they knew about Thanksgiving from movies.

            Mosbah, a first lieutenant computer science engineer for Algeria’s ministry of defense, spoke about Algerian holidays, including Eid al Fitr, signaling the end of Ramadan, an Islamic 30-day fasting during daylight hours.

            They are three of the four foreign students in the course and scored the best of peers in English language proficiency tests in the military of their respective homes.

            Learning other languages and communicating with those who speak a different language is a common part of life in Tanzania, where 122 different languages are spoken by various tribes, said Kalwani, a first lieutenant who works with foreign military personnel for the People’s Defense Forces in Tanzania.

            Although this course was Andrade’s third in the United States, the Thanksgiving was the first for the second lieutenant in the Honduran military.

            He has noticed that people seem more respectful of another in the United States.

            “I love the American culture,” he said, though he is looking forward to seeing his wife and son in December.

            The Montagnes said they wanted to show them the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum before the three depart back to their home countries in December, but they will be traveling to Africa for their Rotary project, helping build water wells in villages.

            They were at least able to offer a Thanksgiving dinner, with turkey, sweet potatoes, rolls, pie and other dishes.

            And there was one other thing Mosbah received at the Thanksgiving dinner — the long part of the turkey wishbone.


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