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Marine Debriefed in German Hospital

Marine Debriefed in German Hospital



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(Landstuhl, Germany-AP) -- Marine Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun is doing well today and recovering at an American military hospital in Germany.

Marine spokesman Major Tim Keefe visited Hassoun this morning.

Hassoun, of West Jordan, Utah, arrived in Germany last night night from Lebanon, where he turned up at the U-S Embassy in Beirut on Thursday.

The 24-year-old had been missing since June 20th from his base near the troubled Iraqi city of Fallujah.

During the last three weeks, conflicting reports emerged about Hassoun's fate. Some said he was beheaded.

But the Navy is now investigating whether the kidnapping might have been a ruse.

Hassoun is expected to remain at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, where he is being debriefed and evaluated by doctors, until early next week.

Keefe says Hassoun then will return to his home unit in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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