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GRP 109-Master Sergeant Changiz Lahidji: America’s First Muslim Green Beret in The War on Terror


GRP 109-Master Sergeant Changiz Lahidji: America’s First Muslim Green Beret in The War on Terror

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GRP 109-I had the honor of having on Master Sergeant Changiz Lahidji. MSG Lahidji served on a Special Forces A-Team for 24 years. He was born in Iran and served in the Iranian Special Forces before immigrating to America. Changiz is a soldier at heart and wanted to serve his country. He joined the Army in 1978 and went on to become the first Muslim Green Beret in American history.


Changiz was in a unique position to work special undercover assignments. He went undercover in Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis to spy on Iranian soldiers guarding the U.S. Embassy where Americans were being held, hostage. MSG Lahidji found himself in Afghanistan training the Afghani Mujahideen to fight against the Russian’s during the 1980’s.


We talked about his role working undercover in New York City gathering intelligence on Omar Abdel-Rahman was also known as “The Blind Sheikh” an Egyptian born extremist who was connected to the 1993 World Trade Center Bombers. Changiz spent time in Afghanistan after 2001, as well as Iraq, and Africa.  Master Sergeant Lahidji’s book Full Battle Rattle is available everywhere books are sold. Check out the link below:






4:57- Iranian Special Forces to American Special Forces. Going undercover to gather intelligence during the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis


12:31-Training the Mujahideen in Afghanistan to counter Soviet aggression during the 1980’s.


24:55-Special assignment working undercover gathering intel on Omar Abdel-Rahman also known as “The Blind Sheikh”. Rahman was connected to the group responsible for the 1993 world trade center bombing.


32:30-The embassy bombing in Beirut in 1983.


42:35-Fallujah, Iraq 2003. Working in Sudan and driving for President Jimmy Carter in Africa.


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