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It Is a Hoax That Has Military Community Buzzing

Have you seen the picture? The one that shows a U.S. Marine, supposedly held hostage in Iraq? The Internet photo has military towns, like Jacksonville, buzzing. But not because its real. Folks at one local hobby store in the Marine's hometown says the gun, the uniform, and the marine are all toys. Very detailed action figures that even veteran troops are snatching off the shelves as collectibles. And, some wonder if the image that showed up on a real Islamic Web site might have been placed there by some life-size G.I.'s The Pentagon says all U.S. Troops are accounted for, as more than 17,000 Marines and Sailors from Eastern Carolina are now shipping out for a seven-month deployment to Iraq.


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