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Iman Obeidi Leaves Libya For The United States

After an ordeal that included being publicly smeared as a prostitute and mentally ill, Iman Benghazi is recovering somewhere in the United States, thanks to a human rights group. Since she made her accusation, human rights groups say hundreds of

After an ordeal that included being publicly smeared as a prostitute and mentally ill, Iman Obeidi is recovering somewhere in the United States, thanks to a human rights group. Since she made her accusation, human rights groups say hundreds of women were also raped by Libyan troops:

The Libyan woman who caused international controversy when she claimed she was raped by Kadafi troops has left Libya for the United States, her sister told the Associated Press on Sunday.

Marwa Obeidi said her sister Iman left Benghazi early Sunday morning, but it was not immediately clear where in the U.S. she was flying.

[...] In March, Obeidi burst into Tripoli's Rixos Hotel, where foreign correspondents had been forced to stay while covering Kadafi's regime.

She claimed she had been stopped at a checkpoint, kidnapped and gang-raped by Kadafi's soldiers. As reporters watched, the Libyan government officials responsible for escorting them approached and dragged Obeidi away.

She disappeared for days afterward, surfacing in Tunisia and later Qatar, where she was suddenly expelled Thursday and sent to Benghazi.

Marwa Obeidi told the Associated Press that a human rights group aided by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arranged for Iman and their father to travel in a private plane to Washington by way of Malta and Austria.

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