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September 23, 2008 7:59 AM

Army ordered to discharge soldier who found religion in Iraq

A federal judge in Alaska has ordered the U.S. Army to grant conscientious objector status and an honorable discharge to Pfc. Michael Barnes, a Fort Richardson-based paratrooper who said he experienced a religious awakening in Iraq two years ago that left him opposed to war in any form. The decision by U.S. District Judge John Sedwick supersedes the Army's decision last year to deny Barnes' request.

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