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Operation 'Deserter' storm for former Oklahoman


Gazette staff March 29th, 2007

Right now, Joshua Key might be rethinking telling the world he took off to the Great White North.   The former Oklahoman made headlines when he ditched the Army and then fled to Canada in 2004 as a de...

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Right now, Joshua Key might be rethinking telling the world he took off to the Great White North.
 
The former Oklahoman made headlines when he ditched the Army and then fled to Canada in 2004 as a deserter. He wrote about his hellish experiences in Iraq " disembodied-head soccer-playing and all " in his autobiography, "The Deserter's Tale: The Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq."
 
Profiled last week in Oklahoma Gazette, the 28-year-old Key is being sought for questioning by the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Command, according to a report in Canada's The Globe and Mail.
 
Chris Grey, an Army spokesperson, told the newspaper in an e-mail that "I can (confirm) for you that CID is attempting to locate and speak with this individual" regarding the allegations made in his book about American soldiers' mistreatment of Iraqi citizens.
 
Stranger yet, somebody already has gone looking for Key. The Toronto Star wrote that three men wearing suits and trench coats showed up at the home of Winnie Ng, where Key once lived after crossing the border, and wanted to speak to him.
 
They told Ng they were Toronto police, but the Toronto Police Service denied sending anyone to her home. Ng said she found the impromptu visit suspicious and felt "gentle intimidation" from the trio.
 
Sid Lacombe, of the Canadian Peace Alliance, told the Star he was disturbed that it appears the United States is "interfering with the domestic affairs of this country."
 
For deserting the U.S. military, Key " if caught " could face court-martial, with a potential for time in prison.
 
According to The Globe and Mail, Key is believed to be living in the province of Saskatchewan.
 
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