USMC Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun prepares himself as he waits to make a statement to a large crowd of media outside the gates to USMC Base Quantico, Virginia, July 19, 2004. (AP Photo/Dylan Moore, File)
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A U.S. Marine listed as a deserter for almost a decade since going missing after his return to the United States following his brief disappearance in Iraq is back in military custody, the Marine Corps said Sunday.Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, 34, is scheduled to return on Monday to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, 9-1/2 years after he failed to report for duty there on Jan. 5, 2005, following a visit to his family, the Marines said. He had since been listed as a deserter, the service added. Hassoun was first charged with desertion 10 years ago after disappearing from his base near Fallujah, Iraq, in June 2004 and then turning up in Lebanon a month later saying he had been kidnapped by militants.
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