A US soldier who fled to Canada rather than return to Iraq has turned up in New Orleans where he's gutting houses flooded more than a year ago by Hurricane Katrina.
Army Private Kyle Snyder of Colorado Springs says soldiers in engineering units should be in New Orleans not Iraq. He's among two dozen volunteers from Iraq Veterans Against the War working on flood-ravaged houses.
Snyder a former combat engineer left for Canada last year to avoid a second tour in Iraq. He says he turned against the war when he saw an innocent Iraqi man killed by American gunfire.
Snyder turned himself in at the end of October after his lawyer said the military agreed that he could be discharged without a court-martial. He went AWOL again when the Army said he'd be sent back to his unit.
Snyder says his lawyer has tried to contact his original unit several times with no luck.
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