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US soldier who deserted over Iraq is deported

Posted By admin On July 16, 2008 @ 12:11 pm In World News | Comments Disabled

Suzanne Goldenberg
London Guardian [1]
Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Canada yesterday deported to the US the first American army deserter fleeing the Iraq war across the US-Canadian border.

Robin Long, 25, faces a possible court martial and jail, and even redeployment to Iraq.

He joined the army in 2003, after the invasion of Iraq, but became troubled by the war.

In 2005 he fled to Canada and applied for refugee status, because the US army wanted him to participate in what he called an “illegal war of aggression in Iraq.”

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On Monday, the Federal court of Canada Justice Anne Mactavish ruled that Long could not provide clear evidence that he would suffer irreparable harm if returned to the US.

The Canada border services agency confirmed Long’s removal, but declined to give other details, citing privacy laws. Long’s refugee claim had already been rejected and he could not appeal this latest court ruling.

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[1] London Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/16/antiwar.iraq

[2] “Saakashvili preparing for another war” – deserted Georgian soldier: http://www.prisonplanet.com/%e2%80%9csaakashvili-preparing-for-another-war%e2%80%9d-%e2%80%93-deserted-georgian-soldier.html

[3] US soldier behind shooting at Iraq base: official: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-soldier-behind-shooting-at-iraq-base-official.html

[4] US soldier linked to Iraq helicopter video leak charged: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-soldier-linked-to-iraq-helicopter-video-leak-charged.html

[5] U.S. Soldier Killed in Iraq After the Last Combat Troops Withdraw: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-soldier-killed-in-iraq-after-the-last-combat-troops-withdraw.html

[6] U.S. appeals court orders release of Iraq abuse photos: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-appeals-court-orders-release-of-iraq-abuse-photos.html

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