“NEWS RELEASE from the United States Department of Defense

The Department of Defense announced today the status change of Cpl. Wassef A. Hassoun, 24, of Salt Lake City, Utah, from captured to returned to military control.

The circumstances regarding his wherabouts between June 19 and July 8 are under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Hassoun is assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Questions regarding theater operations can be directed to U.S. Central
Command at (813) 827-5895.  Questions regarding Hassoun can be directed to Headquarters Marine Corps Public Affairs (703) 614-4309.