Iraqi interpreter Bassam Hashem was having lunch with colleagues at the Loyalty Camp in Baghdad, a U.S. military base, when an Iraqi colonel in the federal police force turned toward them from the next table.
"'We will get you when the Americans leave,' he told us," said Hashem, 29, noting the colonel was at the camp to receive training. "And he was laughing. 'We will get you all,' he said."
Mohammad Janis Shinwari's warning came scratched on his car. "Your judgment day is coming," was the message to Shinwari, 36, who said the Taliban has been looking to get him for years.
"They know I saved a U.S. intelligence officer's life and have killed Taliban," he said. "They are trying hard to find me – it's just a matter of time."
Two countries, two conflicts and one common fate shared by thousands of Iraqis and Afghans such as Shinwari and Hashem: Because they worked with the U.S. military, they are marked men by militants.