'Kidnapped' marine flies home

A US marine who disappeared in Iraq and turned up in Lebanon nearly three weeks later left Germany today after six days of debriefing and evaluation in a military hospital, a Ramstein Air Base spokeswoman said.

A US marine who disappeared in Iraq and turned up in Lebanon nearly three weeks later left Germany today after six days of debriefing and evaluation in a military hospital, a Ramstein Air Base spokeswoman said.

Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun took off from Ramstein on board an Air Force C-5 Galaxy heavy transport jet for Dover, Delaware, a day after he was originally scheduled to depart, said base spokeswoman Petra Day.

Hassoun vanished on June 20 from his base near the troubled city of Fallujah.

He reappeared on July 8 at the US Embassy in Beirut and was brought to Landstuhl Regional Medical Centre, in western Germany, where he was debriefed by a team of intelligence experts, psychologists and doctors.

He will go to the marine base at Quantico, Virginia, where his repatriation will continue to be handled by officials of the Pentagon’s Joint Personnel Recovery Agency, according to the Marine Corps.

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