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Muslim Marine's long, strange tale is recounted in court-martial
Muslim Marine's long, strange tale is recounted in court-martial

Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun was an unhappy Marine. At his base in Fallouja, Iraq, in 2004, he complained about an extended deployment and refused to perform certain duties, according to fellow Marines. He longed to be with the Lebanese woman — his cousin — he'd wed in an arranged marriage. A military prosecutor said Hassoun, a native of Lebanon and a naturalized U.S. citizen, warned his comrades: "I'll leave and go to Lebanon. I'm not kidding." Hassoun indeed wound up in Lebanon in June 2004, the first step on a decade-long odyssey that reached a climax at a court-martial here on charges that he twice deserted his unit. He sat placidly in the dock as...

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