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article imageObama deports Saudi connected to Boston Bombing investigation

By Eric Morales     Apr 18, 2013 in World
Washington - Citing "national security reasons' President Barack Obama has sent a Saudi national, questioned about the Boston terrorists attacks, back to Saudi Arabia.
In a move that has some seeing shades of the Bush administration flying Osama Bin Laden's family out of the country following the September 11th attacks, President Obama has decided to deport a Saudi national who had been questioned by police in connection with the investigation of Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon.
Abdulrahman Al Harbi says he is just one of the over a hundred victims of the twin blasts, his father speaking to the Saudi media on Wednesday said his son was questioned by police, but added that so were a number of others from various nationalities. Al Harbi, a student in Boston was visited while hospitalized by the Saudi Kingdom's Consul General at the United Nations Azzam Al Gain.
Abdulrahman Al Harbi (L) with Consul General Azzam Al Gain (R)
Abdulrahman Al Harbi (L) with Consul General Azzam Al Gain (R)
Now according to Steve Emerson of the The Investigative Project on Terrorism, the Obama administration has decided to send the 20-year-old back to Saudi Arabia next week.
On Wednesday evening President Obama held a meeting with Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal at the White House, which Reuters reported the White House had announced was intended to discuss the ongoing civil war in Syria, the meeting was closed to the press and was never on Mr. Obama's official schedule.
Abdulrahman Al Harbi's apartment in Revere, Massachusetts was raided by a phalanx of police officers and K-9 units. The raid according to police was conducted with Al Harbi's consent and not with a search warrant.
Intrigue still swirls around the Saudi national and his involvement, if any in the Boston Marathon attacks. The 20-year-old who is in America on a student visa just so happens to also share the same ancestral surname as a number of Al Qai'da members. Including Khaled bin Ouda bin Mohammed al-Harbi who turned himself into Saudi authorities in exchange for amnesty in 2004.
The BBC reported that Khaled Al Harbi was married to the daughter of Ayman Al Zawahiri, the current leader of Al Qai'da.
A day before President Obama met with the Kingdom's Foreign Minister a press briefing following Prince Saud Al Faisal's visit with Secretary of State John Kerry was cancelled. The State Department later announced that the briefing was scrapped due to John Kerry's hectic schedule.
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