Two-time marine deserter turns himself in after nine years on the run

Two-time marine deserter turns himself in after nine years on the run

ARLINGTON, Va., June 30 (UPI) --A U.S. Marine twice declared a deserter has turned himself in to military authorities after nearly a decade in hiding.
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SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The brother of a U.S. Marine who deserted the military twice says his latest disappearance has scuttled a potentially million-dollar book deal.

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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marine Corps Thursday charged a corporal with desertion for his disappearance from a military camp near Fallujah, Iraq, in June.

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The Marine corporal who went missing from Iraq in June and later turned up in Beirut has been declared fit for duty once again, the Marine Corps said Tuesday.

Kidnapped marine takes leave in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, July 31 (UPI) -- Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, the U.S. Marine translator who was held hostage by militants in Iraq, arrived to his home in Salt Lake City, Utah, Saturday.

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WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) -- The Marine who went missing from his Iraqi base in June told reporters Monday he had been captured and held against his will by insurgent forces for 19 days. In his first public statement since he reappeared July 8 in his native Lebanon, Cpl. Wassef Ali
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Wassef Ali Hassoun (Arabic: واصف علي حسون‎) (born January 1, 1980) was a United States Marine Corps corporal who was charged with desertion for leaving his unit and apparently engaging with others in a hoax to make it appear that he had been captured by terrorists on June 19, 2004 while serving in Iraq. Originally listed as having deserted, the Lebanese-American Marine was then thought to have been taken hostage by Iraqis who were thought to have befriended him.

Al Jazeera broadcast a video of Hassoun on June 27, 2004, blindfolded and with a masked man holding a sword over his head, saying that he had been captured. His "kidnappers" identified themselves as part of "Islamic Response", the security wing of the "National Islamic Resistance" 1920 Revolution Brigades. On July 3, 2004, Al Jazeera reported that the terrorist group Jaish Ansar al-Sunna had released a statement declaring they had beheaded Hassoun, and their website confirmed this. On the 4th it was reported al-Sunna denied this, and on July 6, Al Jazeera reported receipt of a message he'd been "taken to a safe location" after he promised to desert from the Marine Corps. (NYT) On July 7, CNN reported that Hassoun had contacted his family in West Jordan, Utah and Lebanon from the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, asking to be picked up at an unspecified location. The Houston Chronicle 1 stated later that afternoon his family, as well as the embassy in question, deny that the telephone call had taken place.

On July 8, U.S. State Department spokesman (at the time) Richard A. Boucher announced that Hassoun had arrived at the embassy in Beirut at 11 am EDT, and was in good health.

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