June 20th, 2012
02:14 PM ET

Former U.S. soldier aids Syria's wounded

Tattooed and pale, with an Arabic vocabulary of a few dozen words at best, 24-year-old American Peter Kassig is not who you would expect to see striding up and down the corridors of a hospital in Tripoli, Lebanon, clutching a wad of bloodied bandages.

CNN's Arwa Damon finds out how this former U.S. Army Ranger ended up in a Lebanon hospitaltreating wounded Syrians from months of escalating violence.

Kassig's journey began when he joined the Rangers in 2006 and deployed to Iraq in 2007. He was honorably discharged for medical reasons after a brief tour and returned to the United States to study political science and train for 1500-meter runs. But something wasn't right.

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Filed under: Army • Iraq • Libya • Middle East • Military • Syria
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. obama weakness is the strength of putin

    so why is not the great leader obama aiding these folks including the USA VET that is reaching out to others ?

    June 21, 2012 at 8:49 am | Reply
  2. Greg C.

    What's shameful is the absence of the Arab Coalition. I have no doubt we should take a more active role in bringing down the Assad regime but until we see Arab countries take some ownership, to act solely on our own accord would be foolish.

    June 21, 2012 at 8:14 am | Reply
  3. Thor

    Trying to cozy the public into a war with Syria?

    You have much to account for CNN.

    How many wars have you helped start?

    June 20, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Reply
    • hypocrite

      Israel likes it better when Americans die for causes not their own...

      They save money, which is more valuable than life to an Israeli...

      June 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Reply

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