Marine Missing, But Coalition Can't Confirm Hostage Reports
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, June 27, 2004 Multinational Force Iraq officials in Baghdad today confirmed a U.S. Marine has been missing from his unit for a week, but said they can't confirm he's been taken hostage.
A news release from the Coalition Press Information Center said Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, has been missing from his unit since June 21.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service, however, cannot confirm news reports that the corporal who is of Lebanese descent -- has been taken hostage, the news release said.
More information was promised as it becomes available.