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Iraq War deserter held at Fort Drum after arrest

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FORT DRUM — A soldier who fled to Canada to protest America’s fighting in Iraq is being held on post after she submitted to a Canadian deportation order Thursday.

A post spokesman confirmed Friday morning that Kimberly Rivera was being held before being transferred to another military facility. The spokesman did not have any details on how long she would be held on post, or where she would be transferred.

The Globe and Mail in Canada reported that she turned herself in at the border at Gananoque, Ontario, on Thursday, coinciding with the date of the deportation order from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

The 30-year-old private has lived in Canada for five years with her husband and four children. Ms. Rivera served in Iraq in 2006, but traveled across the border in February 2007 while on leave, after receiving orders for another deployment. She applied for refugee status upon arrival. The deportation order has been criticized by several human rights activists in the past few days, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Ms. Rivera’s lawyer told the Associated Press earlier in September that Ms. Rivera could receive two to five years of jail time if prosecuted.

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