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US Gold Star Father Khan to Write Memoir

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FILE - Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a U.S. Army captain killed in Iraq, speak with VOA in Washington, D.C., Aug.1, 2016. (B. Allen/VOA)

FILE - Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a U.S. Army captain killed in Iraq, speak with VOA in Washington, D.C., Aug.1, 2016. (B. Allen/VOA)

Khizr Khan, the Pakistani-American father whose U.S. Army captain son died in Iraq, will write a memoir about his life.

Random House publishing company said Wednesday that the as-yet untitled memoir would be published in the fall of 2017.

Khan burst onto the American political scene when he gave a fiery speech at the Democratic National Convention criticizing the anti-Muslim rhetoric of then-Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Khan and his wife Ghazala, who will contribute to the book, immigrated from Pakistan in 1980. Their son, Humayun Khan, was killed in 2004 when he ran toward a taxi approaching soldiers under his command. A bomb in the taxi exploded, killing Khan, who was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

In his convention speech, Khizr Khan asked Trump, "Have you read the Constitution?'' The Khans came under attack by Trump for criticizing his candidacy.

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