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DESERTER. One who abandons his post; as, a soldier who abandons the public service without leave; or a sailor who abandons a ship when he has engaged to serve.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Thanks to the vigilance of Azerbaijani units, Armenian deserter soldier Aro Kazaryan was detained on the morning of August 12 in the Fuzuli direction of the front line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops.
Army informed that he was technically a civilian after being declared a deserter.
Gaddy--the former deserter, former LaRouche acolyte, and possible former spy--sits onstage singing a Leonard Cohen song: "Everybody knows that the dice are loaded/Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed/Everybody knows the war is over/Everybody knows the good guys lost..."
The show is being organised to mark the 20th anniversary of their album Deserter's Songs - and will see them play acoustic, stripped-back tracks from the record.
A BRITISH Army deserter is to give evidence at the inquest for a man shot dead by his comrades.
"Last Thursday, a deserter escaped from the detention center at the Tzrifin army base," an army spokesperson said.
King noticed a distinct contrast from his own experience as a military deserter and the new group: Many deserters from the Vietnam era had never seen combat, whereas the couple of hundred fleeing after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan were likely suffering from PTSD and other undiagnosed mental disorders, said King.
"I'm with the regime but I am a deserter, because military service in Syria means death," said George, a Christian student from Damascus.
The Manual for Courts-Martial, United States (2012 Edition) defines a deserter as "any member of the armed forces who--without authority, goes or remains absent from his unit, organization, or place of duty with intent to remain away therefrom permanently ...
The title refers to a Confederate word for a deserter. The story is about four deserters - Todd, Plunkett, Cockney and Kid - who make their way to the Florida Coast then Cuba, past the Everglades and angry Seminole Indians.
China said on Monday it had lodged a protest with Pyongyang after media reports said a North Korean army deserter killed four Chinese nationals during a robbery in the Chinese border city of Helong late last month.
ERyVAN (CyHAN)- Armenia has turned deserter Gevorgyan's family transferred by Azerbaijan into the propaganda, acting spokesman for the Azerbaijani foreign ministry Hikmet Hajiyev told Trend Dec.