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AWOL U-S soldier caught in New Smyrna Beach
WOFL FOX 35 ^ | Jan 12 2010 | WOFL FOX 35

Posted on 01/12/2010 3:44:54 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - An AWOL U-S soldier was arrested in New Smyrna Beach and the FBI is on the case because they say he is actually in the country illegally

The 28-year old is a citizen of Iraq. U-S Immigration revoked his visa after he went AWOL from the military in Kansas.


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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fbi; illegalimmigration; iraq; kansas; newsyrnabeach; rushdi; saif; saifrushdi; smyrna; volusiacounty; wichita

1 posted on 01/12/2010 3:44:55 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Hey, I always go to the beach when I’m AWOL....


2 posted on 01/12/2010 3:45:47 PM PST by Regulator (Welcome to Zimbabwe! Now hand over your property....)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Isn’t it about time that we held the military accountable for these screwups?

Would you sign that guy up after taking one look at his face?

No, I didn’t think so.


3 posted on 01/12/2010 3:47:10 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

He’s an Iraqui citizen and he was in the U.S. military?


4 posted on 01/12/2010 3:49:08 PM PST by ElayneJ
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To: Cicero

Maybe for target practice.


5 posted on 01/12/2010 3:49:16 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (word of the day: scowl)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

What was his MOS?

55G; Nuclear Weapons Technician?


6 posted on 01/12/2010 3:54:02 PM PST by MindBender26 (Prezdet Obama is what you get when you let the O.J. jury select a president !)
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To: Cindy

ping


7 posted on 01/12/2010 3:56:09 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: ElayneJ
He’s an Iraqui citizen and he was in the U.S. military?

There are loads of immigrants in the US military. The overwhelming majority serve with honor and distinction and go on the actually earn their citizenship.

8 posted on 01/12/2010 4:00:38 PM PST by usurper (Spelling or grammatical errors in this post can be attributed to the LA City School System)
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To: ElayneJ

Foreign nationals who are legal residents of the US can be in the US military, although, it is my understanding they may not hold jobs that require a security clearance.


9 posted on 01/12/2010 4:05:05 PM PST by exbrit
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To: MindBender26

There are only 2 military installations in Wichita. McConnell AFB, and Boeings “Black Hole”. He wasnt down there for marching practice.


10 posted on 01/12/2010 4:11:00 PM PST by Concho
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Why the heck is he being held in the Volusia County Jail? He was arrested at the request of an FBI agent who was trailing his car, based on information the FBI had that he was wanted on immigration violations. This is hardly a county issue, and no way are random county jails equipped to deal with the sensitive security and intelligence issues surrounding a foreign national who’d been serving in the military while in the US illegally.


11 posted on 01/12/2010 4:29:10 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: exbrit; usurper

I didn’t know that. I mean, I didn’t know non-U.S. citizens could serve in the military at all. Excellent that they would be willing to serve their new country this way!


12 posted on 01/12/2010 4:34:42 PM PST by ElayneJ
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To: ElayneJ
I didn’t know that. I mean, I didn’t know non-U.S. citizens could serve in the military at all

I think it's been done for some time.A Canadian woman I once worked with was married to a fellow Canadian who got his US citizenship through his Army service during the Vietnam era.She wasn't a citizen but had a Green Card due to being married to a US citizen.

13 posted on 01/12/2010 4:47:36 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Two comments:
1. That is one funny looking dude.

2. I apologize for my insensitivity towards FLDs (funny looking dudes & dudettes) everywhere.
14 posted on 01/12/2010 5:17:03 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: Gay State Conservative

How about that - while Americans were heading for Canada during the VN war, your friend’s Canadian husband came down to fight for U.S. citizenship. I wish we would open the borders to more people who would love our country like that.


15 posted on 01/12/2010 5:20:43 PM PST by ElayneJ
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To: Tainan

Is it me or those bumps on his head make it seem like he is about to spout horns?

Send him to Iraq to finish out his term, let him go AWOL there and we dont have to bother with him anymore.


16 posted on 01/12/2010 7:04:01 PM PST by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: Velveeta

Smyrna...New Smyrna...

Thank you for the ping Velveeta.


17 posted on 01/12/2010 7:50:25 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Velveeta; Jet Jaguar

AWOL?

Maybe. Maybe not.

#

http://www.news-journalonline.com/NewsJournalOnline/News/EastVolusia/evlEAST05A011410.htm

January 14, 2010
“No answers after jailed Iraqi gains release”
Staff Report

SNIPPET: “As Saif N. Rushdi walked out of the Volusia County Branch Jail, there were more questions about the 28-year-old Iraqi citizen than answers.

The native of Baghdad, who also has a New Smyrna Beach address, was arrested Monday afternoon for driving without a valid driver’s license. He was released on $1,500 bail just after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, officials said. In addition, a detainer issued by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for what federal law enforcement officials called an immigration violation was lifted at the same time.

However, whether Rushdi was in violation is in dispute.”


18 posted on 01/21/2010 2:37:07 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

I’ll be darned.
What a strange update.
More questions than answers and apparently we won’t know the answers.


19 posted on 01/21/2010 11:49:58 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: Cindy
For posterity:

Saif N. Rushdi, a native of Baghdad with a New Smyrna Beach address, was taken into custody during a traffic stop on State Road 44 on Monday afternoon after a member of a federal joint terrorism task force tipped a Volusia County sheriff's deputy to the license infraction.

http://www.news-journalonline.com/NewsJournalOnline/News/EastVolusia/evlEAST03011310.htm

20 posted on 01/21/2010 11:55:29 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta

JTTF.

Noted.


21 posted on 01/21/2010 2:22:15 PM PST by Cindy
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