Iraq Coalition Casualty Statistics/AWOL/Desertion

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The following are articles related to American soldiers who are considered to be AWOL or to have deserted in order to avoid the war in Iraq.

Making it official

A federal warrant, which remains valid for forty years, "is issued the moment a soldier crosses the line between absent without leave and desertion. A soldier who does not show up for duty is classified as AWOL for 30 days. After that, he or she becomes an official deserter. During a time of war, the 30-day grace period disappears."—Army Lt. Col. Susan Danielsen at Fort Bragg, NC, November 2003.

Going AWOL in Canada

The external links for this article were primarily posted in 2003 at a time when it was believed that the length of the war in Iraq would be brief. Unfortunately, the links have not been kept up-to-date.

That said, Gregory Levey reported May 3, 2007, in Salon that "[w]ith the Iraq war in its fifth year, an increasing number of American soldiers have been going AWOL and fleeing to Canada, particularly over the last six months. One lawyer who works on their behalf puts the number of American war resisters currently living in Canada at 250 or more. Advocates for them here talk of a kind of 'underground railroad' that has developed south of the border to help war resisters make their way north."

See AWOL in Canada videos.

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