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Family of Iraqi refugee, Marine arrested with arsenal on USAF base says the military is over reacting

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Private First Class Ali Al-Kazahg was arraigned at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Wednesday, with Judge Wilbur Lee, a Marine Lieutenant Colonel, scheduling the trial for January 24 to the 31st.

Al-kazahg is scheduled to be court-martialed, and waived a preliminary hearing in August.

The Michigan-born son of an Iraqi refugee who moved to Nebraska to raise his children, Al-kazahg was reportedly the target of discrimination throughout his career, and his family believed the military overreacted when the Marine drove onto Offutt Air Force Base to work out.

While Al-kazahg was cleared to use Offutt facilities while on leave, the possession of personal weapons while on the base is prohibited.

According to the Marine Corps Times, Al-kazahg was the subject of a BOLO after he threatened he wanted to shoot up his barracks in Hawaii.

When caught at Offutt, Al-kazahg had two semi-automatic rifles, a pistol, silencer, bump stock, vest with body armor and case of ammunition.

Despite deferring his plea, Al-kazahg has yet to decide whether he wants to be tried by a judge or by a jury of military members.

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