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Marine who vanished from Iraq in 2004 charged with desertion
Marine who vanished from Iraq in 2004 charged with desertion

A Marine who disappeared from a military camp in Iraq a decade ago and eventually turned  up with family in Lebanon was charged Friday with desertion and other charges, a U.S. Marines official said. Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, an Arabic interpreter from Utah who disappeared in Fallouja in June 2004, was charged under a general court-martial with desertion, destruction of government property, larceny and wrongful appropriation, said Marine Corps spokesman Lt. Col. Cliff Gilmore. The 34-year-old has deserted twice, officials say -- the first time in Fallouja and again in 2005 when he was scheduled to appear in court on desertion charges. Hassoun turned himself in to authorities this...

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