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AWOL Marine, who made threats, charged for trying to enter Air Force base with arsenal

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The US Marine who attempted to smuggle arms, ammunition and equipment into Nebraska’s Offutt Air Force Base in May has been formally charged.

Marine Private First Class Ali J. Alkazahg, assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 3 in Hawaii, was detained earlier this year after he was found attempting to drive onto the base with weapons and ammunition, mere days after his name was mentioned on a BOLO (“Be On the Lookout”) related to suspicious threats he had made.

On leave at the time of the May 31 incident, Al-Kazahg was stopped by Security Forces at the Strategic Command gate after guards noticed that his name was on a law enforcement watchlist, just one name out of several believed to be capable of doing harm to the installation.

Since the arrest, Alkazahg has been charged with unauthorized absence, violation of a lawful general regulation and dereliction of duty, fraudulent enlistment, giving a false official statement, carrying a concealed weapon, communicating threats, and possession of modified firearms and unlawful firearms modifications. He faces trial by court-martial.

According to the Omaha-World Herald, the Nebraska Information and Analysis Center said Alkazahg had previously threatened to assault his own barracks following a disciplinary issue.

Prior to enlisting, the Nebraska native was known by local law enforcement as being “dangerous,” citing “an infatuation with guns and violent acts, and…a dislike for law enforcement.”

His sister, however, disagrees, claiming her brother wouldn’t hurt anyone.

“I know my brother better than anyone else,” Nedhal Al-kazahy said. “He’s an amazing brother and amazing Marine and he doesn’t deserve to be dragged through the mud like this.”

The incident remains under investigation.

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