Muslim Army Reservist Attacked While Driving A Cab Because Of His Religion

SPC.Mohamed A. Salim Courtesy

SPC.Mohamed A. Salim Courtesy

Mohamed A. Salim, a 39 Year old Army Reservist and Cab Driver who served in Iraq and at Guantanamo Bay, says that an executive from an aviation company accused him of being a jihadist and broke his jaw in what activists are calling a hate crime. Salim is a naturalized U.S. citizen and is an Army Reserve Sergeant who has worked in intelligence and as a linguist.

Courtesy David Edwards RawStory.Com

Mohamed A. Salim told The Washington Post that Emerald Aviation President Ed Dahlberg attacked him after he picked him up at Country Club of Fairfax in Northern Virginia at around 2 a.m. on Friday. Dahlberg had been drinking and was told that he would have to finish his open beer before getting into the cab.

Salim recorded audio of the encounter on his cell phone.

Dahlberg can be heard asking Salim, who emigrated from Somalia, to define “jihad” and then lumping him in with “radical fucking Muslims blowing people up all over the world.”


“Denounce those motherfuckers now!” Dahlberg demands. “If you’re a fucking Muslim flying jets into the fucking World Trade Center then fuck you. I will slice your fucking throat right now.”


After Salim threatens to call 911, Dahlberg can be seen grabbing for the cell phone.


Salim said that Dahlberg left the cab, but then returned and broke his jaw before running into the woods.


Dahlberg was charged with misdemeanor assault and police are determining if charges should be elevated to a felony hate crime. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Monday said that medical records and the 11-minute cell phone recording were being used as evidence in the case.


In a statement, Dahlberg’s attorney, Demetry Pikrallidas, admitted that his client “became rather emotional as the discussion turned to jihad and 9/11, and especially heated on the subject of jihadists who want to harm America.”
Pikrallidas insisted that Dahlberg did not assault Salim.

The website for Dahlberg’s company, Emerald Aviation, was offline for four days of “scheduled maintenance” as of Wednesday afternoon. A cached copy of the website listed him as the president and said he had “20 years experience in the field of business and commercial aviation” and was known for “transparent business transactions and always effectively representing the best interests of his clients.”


“I sacrificed for this country,” Salim told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday. “And I myself was fighting the terrorists and I’m against acts of violence. I’m not a terrorist. I’m not a jihadist. I’m American like you.”


“Whether he’s guilty of assault or not is up to a jury to decide, but the video makes it clear that the guy is a bigoted asshole,” Jalopnik’s Patrick George observed on Wednesday. “There’s no excuse for treating someone else this way.”




Seems someone needs a lesson on the difference between a Muslim and an Extremist! Every religion has some sort of extremists, all it takes is a look at the history books.


What are your thoughts?
6 comments on “Muslim Army Reservist Attacked While Driving A Cab Because Of His Religion
  1. Well, lemme see …. Drunk and stupid are pretty much the same thing, right? Was Dahlberg that? I kinda think so. I also think that Patrick George has already pinned the right tag on him, so I don’t have to post anything more except that Dahlberg needs some jail time (Gitmo, perhaps?) and for his business to fail – but only after he makes a good American “whole”.

  2. First and foremost there is no justification for Ed Dahlberg’s behavior, a fact he himself has already admitted, however I’m inclined to believe this is due in large part to the tremendous amount of blowback he’s already received over the incident. I doubt seriously it is in any way the result of sincere remorse.

    I’m not suggesting Mohamed Salim is at fault either, however I believe this is a good indicator that we need to develop some explanation or description of Muslim Faith which addresses the Huge Elephant standing on peoples toes. Salim tries to explain that there are “Many types of Jihad” and that sounds a bit evasive. There are a good number of Americans who are struggling to understand HOW a person can self identify as “Muslim”, worshiping the Prophet Mohammad and studying the Quran … but NOT Agreeing with the commandment that all Infidels be wiped from the face of the Earth. That would be similar to professing to be a Roman Catholic and running an abortion clinic or being a dedicated full tithe paying member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints while owning a Gay Porn Production Company – something’s amiss.

    This is an ugly example of the raw emotions beginning to surface in the Untied States, obviously fueled by Alcohol, I think Mr. Dahberg is going to be spending considerable time rebuilding his credibility. Keep in mind this was no “Ordinary Taxi Cab”.. this appears to be a “Private Car Service” routinely found back in that area. I’m sad Mr. Salim was disrespected in this incident however if his jaw was in fact “broken” he is one heck of a fast healer!

  3. I believe that most muslims believe in the different Jihads as two types. A greater and lesser jihad. Jihad is translated as Struggle. The “greater jihad” is the inner struggle by a believer to fulfill his religious duties. This non-violent meaning is stressed by most Muslims. I’m a southern baptist young lady who has many muslim friend and when i’m out with them they are always being called killers and extremists. The youngest is only 18. How could anybody do this. As for a broken jaw. it doesn’t have to be broken in two. A cracked Jaw is considered broken. I’ve ended up with a broken jaw that didnt’ require wiring shut as an extremely broken jaw requires.

    • Hi Laurel,

      Thank you for your reply and insight. I too have “a few” (under 30) friends, acquaintances or coworkers who self identify as “Muslim”. In many, if not most these people have always treated me with kindness and respect – I have done my best to respond in kind. We have never had a specific conversation about “Jihad” (perhaps it’s time) and although most seem completely assimilated into western culture – there are three men I’m thinking of specifically who at one time or another displayed their belief that “Women” are “subordinate souls of lessor standing to men”. While I find that troubling and not part of MY values, I’m pretty sure given some time I could find “Good Christian men” who share the opinion.

      I think we as a Country could benefit from just this type of conversation and education, however in the “Bigger Picture” NOTHING excuses the behavior of Ed Dahlberg. That was a deplorable display of ignorant alcohol infused attitude.

      It’s my former Law Enforcement roots that make me just a little suspicious of what occurred after the video stopped. Mr. Salim had made had done a good job of informing his fare that he was filming / recording the incident and to suggest that he left, only to return and attack while nothing additional was recorded of the most important part of the exchange. Even if he just had footage of the guy running away or retreating after the attack. Finally, I’m not suggesting Salim is outright lying about the latter attack, the fact that he would roll the window down or unlock the doors after the heated exchange earlier… ?? Finally on the Jaw, (if I were called upon to take a police report on this incident) there would include a differentiation between “Broken, Cracked or Dislocated” Jaw – albeit ALL are painful and require different treatments, a day or two later you’d still be in moderate / significant pain. Either way I’m inclined to agree that this would be a “Slam Dunk” case of “Hate Crime” behavior – at least as defined by “my” state!

  4. Easy thing: Throw religion finally overboard. Every religion with no exceptions. Religion does nothing but divide people, create hate towards other people and interfere advancement in society.

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