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WAR: Missing Marine Safe in Lebanon

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posted on Jul, 8 2004 @ 07:44 AM
Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun is reported by US officials to be safe in his native country of Lebanon according to "credible information." Cpl. Hassoun dissappeared on June 20th, and many conflicting reports regarding his "kidnapping" have been circulating since.
“We’re working on confirmation of that,” public affairs officer Elizabeth Wharton told The Associated Press, speaking about information the embassy had received regarding Hassoun, who went missing in Iraq more than two weeks ago.

A Marine spokesman, meanwhile, confirmed an NBC News report that the Navy is investigating whether Hassoun’s disappearance might be part of a kidnapping hoax.

On Saturday, a statement posted on a Web site said Hassoun had been beheaded. A day later, another Web statement declared the Marine had not been killed.

Reports emerged that he might have been freed after relatives in West Jordan, Utah, said Tuesday that they had had word that he had been released and was safe, but they didn’t know where.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

This particular case of kidnapping has raised red flags as with all the other kidnappings cases and following beheadings. I do hope that Hassoun will be found soon so that we can get a clear picture of what exactly happened and how he ended up in Lebanon.

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[edit on 8-7-2004 by Banshee]

posted on Jul, 8 2004 @ 10:59 AM
Here is an update from Ireland on-line stating the kidnapping may have been a hoax. I thought it was kind of odd that he would end up in Lebanon. He would have had to travel through Syria or Turkey to get there; or somehow he flew to Lebanon. Something just doesn't add up.

"The disappearance of a US marine who was feared to have been kidnapped by extremists in Iraq could be a hoax......For Hassoun to make his way to Lebanon, about 500 miles away, he would have had to travel by land through Syria, which borders Iraq’s western Anbar province, where Hassoun’s unit, the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, is based. Hassoun worked as a translator."

posted on Jul, 8 2004 @ 11:16 AM
his family in utah says it is not true that he is safe in lebanon according to local news.

posted on Jul, 8 2004 @ 11:40 AM
Fox news reported, Hassoun is safe in Lebanon at the US Embassy.

ABC story quoted below

Missing Marine Questioned

July 8, 2004 — A U.S. Marine missing from Iraq for more than two weeks is safe and being questioned at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, ABC News has learned.

Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, 24, of West Jordan, Utah, was picked up with his brothers at an undisclosed location in Lebanon, sources said.

A senior U.S. State Department official confirmed Hassoun was at the embassy, where he would first be given any medical help he might need and then be debriefed.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

[edit on 8-7-2004 by JacKatMtn]

posted on Jul, 8 2004 @ 11:59 AM
The FBI was at the marines house yesterday in Utah questioning the family as to where they got the info about his safe release. Officials from the Navy are speculating that the marine may have been part of an elaborate operation, Special Forces units and members of the CIA had been in contact with the marines brother and father in lebanon.

There is more to this story than the both the cover story of the hoax and of the suspected AWOL of the marine.

posted on Jul, 8 2004 @ 12:08 PM
Now he's in safe hands, It's safe to say I think the whole AWOL story was disinformation to buy time, and give the guy more of a chance to negotiate his own release, if indeed he was really abducted.

Any western soldier with Arabic skills, particularly an interpreter, is bound to work closely with the intelligence services. Immensely valuable to both sides.

[edit on 8-7-2004 by muppet]

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