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The official police chief for the village of Sabray and, along with Sarawa, the person most responsible for the survival of Marcus Luttrell. Gulab is a kind, honorable man, and he and Luttrell come to like and respect one another, in spite of their language and culture barriers. Gulab risks his own life to protect Luttrell from the Taliban soldiers who menace his village, at one point refusing to give up Luttrell even when the Taliban threaten to murder his entire family. (After the publication of the book, Gulab and Luttrell reconnect and go on to have a rather fraught relationship, best described in the 2016 Newsweek article “Marcus Luttrell’s Savior, Mohammad Gulab, Claims ‘Lone Survivor’ Got It Wrong”.)

Mohammad Gulab Quotes in Lone Survivor

The Lone Survivor quotes below are all either spoken by Mohammad Gulab or refer to Mohammad Gulab. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Little, Brown, and Company edition of Lone Survivor published in 2013.
Chapter 12 Quotes

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Related Characters: Marcus Luttrell (speaker), Mohammad Gulab
Page Number: 398
Explanation and Analysis:

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Mohammad Gulab Character Timeline in Lone Survivor

The timeline below shows where the character Mohammad Gulab appears in Lone Survivor. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 10
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Bigotry and America’s Enemies Theme Icon
...wounds. Luttrell is then taken to stay in the home of a man named Mohammad Gulab, the police chief and the son of the village elder. Gulab and Luttrell genuinely like... (full context)
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Gulab tells Luttrell that there’s an American military base two miles away. However, he says, Luttrell... (full context)
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During his time with Gulab, Luttrell learns about the al Qaeda networks in Pashtun villages. Jihadists (i.e., Muslim terrorists) are... (full context)
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Gulab arranges for some men to move Luttrell to a different location, since it’s too dangerous... (full context)
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...fly on. Luttrell assumes that the American military has given up looking for him. However, Gulab informs Luttrell that his father has left for Asadabad: Luttrell’s future “rested in the soft... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Luttrell continues to stay with Gulab while Gulab’s father walks out to Asadabad to talk to the American military. Gulab informs... (full context)
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...the American military has dropped supplies near Sabray—presumably to help the fallen SEALs. Shortly afterwards, Gulab and his men give Luttrell his rifle, his ammunition, and his radio. Luttrell knows that... (full context)
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...doesn’t want villagers to suffer because of him. But his options are limited, and furthermore, Gulab’s father may or may not have made contact with the Americans in Asadabad. Luttrell could... (full context)
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...overnight walk was canceled due to the rain. Luttrell is furious and—he admits later—ungrateful to Gulab for looking out for his safety. He realizes that Ben Sharmak is still waiting to... (full context)
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Later in the day, Gulab cries out, “Taliban! Taliban are here!” Luttrell runs out of the house, but then realizes... (full context)
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...it becomes clear that the Taliban aren’t approaching any further. After an hour or so, Gulab tells Luttrell, “Taliban gone.” Gulab also tells Luttrell that a helicopter is coming to help... (full context)
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Though Luttrell doesn’t know it at the time, Gulab has correctly guessed that the Taliban have broken into the building where Luttrell was staying,... (full context)
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In Sabray, Gulab and Luttrell decide to “make a break for it.” They rush away from the village... (full context)
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While the men hold their fire, Gulab and Sharmak speak in private. Luttrell knows they’re talking about him. This is a standoff... (full context)
Chapter 12
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After five minutes, Gulab and Ben Sharmak return from their conversation, and Sharmak walks away to rejoin his forces.... (full context)
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Gulab leads Luttrell through a forest in the mountains. They’re vulnerable to Taliban soldiers, but they... (full context)
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...an ally of the American military. Behind the fighter, Luttrell sees two U.S. Army Rangers. Gulab, displaying “unbelievable presence of mind,” shouts out Luttrell’s BUD/S class numbers: 2-2-8. (full context)
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The Rangers lead Luttrell back to Sabray with Gulab. Back in Sabray, Luttrell gives the Ranger captain a full debriefing on his situation. He... (full context)
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Suddenly, Gulab shouts, “Taliban!” The American soldiers spring into action. It’s clear to Luttrell that the Taliban,... (full context)
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...retreat, an American helicopter lands in the Hindu Kush. The Rangers help Luttrell, and then Gulab, into the helicopter. Gulab is uncertain for the journey ahead, both because he doesn't know... (full context)