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UCLA Student Joins Fight Against Gaddafi

Caption: August 30, An Nawfiliyah, Libya. Chris Jeon, 21, decided to travel to Libya to join the rebels for the last month and a half of his summer vacation.

The war in Libya has been crazy, but perhaps the wildest story we've heard yet is that of Chris Jeon, who apparently travelled to Libya to join the revolution against Mommar Al-Gaddafi's decades of rule. The National of U.A.E. filed the following story today:

Chris Jeon, a 21-year-old university student from Los Angeles, California, shrugging cooly, declared: “It is the end of my summer vacation, so I thought it would be cool to join the rebels. This is one of the only real revolutions” in the world. In a daring, one might even say foolhardy, decision two weeks ago, Mr Jeon flew on a one-way ticket from Los Angeles to Cairo. He then travelled by train to Alexandria and by a series of buses to the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. From there, he hitched a ride with rebels heading west towards the Libyan capital of Tripoli. After a 400km (248-mile) trek across the desolate North African landscape, he was now in the town of An Nawfaliyah, the toast of his comrades and a newly anointed road warrior.

On Wednesday, Mr Jeon was carrying a Russian-made 12-gauge shotgun, not a typical accessory for a student strolling the country-club campus of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he expects to graduate next May. His new mates have even bestowed on him a moniker that is a mish-mash of the names of local tribes and areas: Ahmed El Maghrabi Saidi Barga. When communication invariably reaches an impasse, he merely repeats his name and the rebels erupt in raucous cheers.

Although Mr Jeon did not arrive in Libya in time to catch the liberation of Tripoli, he has seen history unfold. He was aboard one of the first cars to roar into An Nawfiliyah last weekend, armed with his shotgun and a camera that no longer works because the battery is dead. “I have great footage,” he said. Only a few friends back in Los Angeles knew his true plans, he admitted. His family? Well, they thought he was going on a different trip. As he recalled that deliberately vague version of his itinerary, it dawned on Mr Jeon that he might be blowing his cover by speaking with a reporter on a far-flung stretch of desert more than 11,200 kms (7,000 miles) from home.

“Whatever you do, don’t tell my parents,” he pleaded. “They don’t know I’m here.”

If this is Chris' Facebook, it looks like he's been to Coachella, is from Cypress, and is a fan of Michael Jackson. If any of our readers know Chris, please email us or leave a comment so we can learn more about this guy.

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