Hostage US Marine en route to Germany

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9 July 2004 , BEIRUT - Marine Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun has departed the Lebanese capital en route to a U.S. military airbase in Germany, a Lebanese security official said Friday. Officials at the U.S. embassy in Beirut confirmed Thursday that Hassoun was in their custody after he was reportedly held hostage for more than two weeks by Islamic militants in Iraq, where Hassoun was stationed. The flight bearing Hassoun was expected to land in Germany in the early evening, the source said. U.S. authorities r

9 July 2004

BEIRUT - Marine Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun has departed the Lebanese capital en route to a U.S. military airbase in Germany, a Lebanese security official said Friday.

Officials at the U.S. embassy in Beirut confirmed Thursday that Hassoun was in their custody after he was reportedly held hostage for more than two weeks by Islamic militants in Iraq, where Hassoun was stationed.

The flight bearing Hassoun was expected to land in Germany in the early evening, the source said.

U.S. authorities reportedly have doubts about the 24-year-old serviceman's story. Hassoun is of Lebanese extraction, and was listed as captured by the U.S. military only shortly before his release.

In the days following his June 27 disappearance from a U.S. base in Iraq, Hassoun was listed as missing. There were reports that he left voluntarily, and that the marines were considering him as absent without leave.

DPA

Subject: German news

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