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'Lion of Fallujah' from Camp Pendleton reportedly died on CIA mission
'Lion of Fallujah' from Camp Pendleton reportedly died on CIA mission

As the leader of a Camp Pendleton infantry company during the early fighting in Iraq, Douglas Zembiec earned a Bronze Star and the nickname "Lion of Fallujah." Other battles and other bravery followed as Zembiec's legend grew. But when he was killed in combat in Baghdad in 2007, details of his death were not made public. The Washington Post, in a story published Wednesday, explains why: The 34-year-old Zembiec -- an Annapolis graduate, a star wrestler, the most determined of warriors -- was on loan from the Marine Corps to the Central Intelligence Agency at the time he was killed. Zembiec, a major, was assigned to a CIA group whose mission was to kill or capture...

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