US veteran seeks asylum for Iraqi man who saved his life

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Posted: May 23, 2016 1:16 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After three military combat tours in warn-torn Iraq, Chase Millsap returned home to get on with a civilian life. But there was one thing he couldn't do: leave a comrade behind.

Certainly not one who had saved his life.

Especially not the former Iraqi army officer who, because he had worked with the Americans, is now living a precarious existence as a refugee dodging Islamic State group militants seeking to kill him.

The Captain is in hiding in Turkey with his family these days as he attempts to gain refugee status from the United Nations and eventually move to the United States.

Millsap is headed to Washington on Tuesday.

There, he and other members of the nonprofit group Ronin Refugee Project, will meet with members of Congress to discuss ways of helping soldiers of foreign armies who fought alongside Americans get to the United States.

It is, he says, the least he can do for a man who saved him from taking a bullet fired by an Iraqi sniper.