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Iran commander offers support for Iraq...Marine who disappeared in Iraq back in US...Flap over terrorist trial

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 29, 2014 at 3:41 p.m.



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BAGHDAD (AP) — A top Iranian military commander says his country is ready to send any type of military assistance Iraq needs in its fight against Sunni insurgents -- including drones. Meanwhile, Iraqi government troops are continuing to attack insurgent positions in the city of Tikrit, in hopes of retaking the city that was the hometown of Saddam Hussein.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Marine Corps says a corporal who was declared a deserter nearly 10 years ago after allegedly faking his own kidnapping in Iraq has turned himself in to U.S. authorities. Wassef Ali Hassoun is being flown today from an undisclosed Middle East location to Norfolk, Virginia. He will be moved to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, on Monday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities aren't saying where a Libyan terror suspect is being held but Ahmed Abu Khattala (hah-TAH'-lah), the alleged mastermind of the attacks in Benghazi that killed four Americans, appeared in federal court in Washington yesterday. Meanwhile, Republicans are continuing to question the Obama administration's decision to try him in the U.S.

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities in the Atlanta area say both parents of a toddler who died in an unattended SUV told investigators that they had done online research on how hot it needs to be for a child to die in a vehicle. The father, Justin Harris, is in jail on charges of murder and child cruelty in the June 18 death of 22-month-old Cooper. The mother, Leanna Harris, hasn't been charged.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans police chief says the early-morning shooting in the French Quarter was carried out by two men who "got angry at each other and shot at each other." The gunfire left nine people wounded, including one in critical condition. The shooting took place today on the city's famous Bourbon Street, just two blocks from historic Jackson Square.

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