Marine Reps Meet with Hassoun Relatives

Marine Reps Meet with Hassoun Relatives

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WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) -- Three Marine Corps representatives visited the family of Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun in West Jordan on Tuesday.

It was not clear in the afternoon whether any of the representatives would address the media after the meeting.

Second Lt. Earl Speechle in Washington had said earlier Tuesday that the Marines had no plans to send a public affairs officer to Salt Lake City.

Hassoun, 24 and of Lebanese descent, is apparently being held hostage in Iraq by a militant group which is threatening to behead him if the U.S. military does not release all prisoners in Iraq.

A military commander in Iraq says Hassoun went "on an unauthorized absence" June 19th and did not report for duty the next day. Officials say based on his personal situation, there was reason to suspect he was headed to Lebanon.

Speechle wouldn't comment on Hassoun's status.

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

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