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Report: Receiving Asylum, Iman Al-Obeidi Arrives In U.S.

Iman al-Obeidi, who said she spent two days in detention after being arrested at a checkpoint in Tripoli, Libya,  and was sexually assaulted by up to 15 men while in custody, shouted as she told her story at the Rixos hotel in Tripoli on Saturday (March 26, 2011). i i

hide captionIman al-Obeidi, who said she spent two days in detention after being arrested at a checkpoint in Tripoli, Libya, and was sexually assaulted by up to 15 men while in custody, shouted as she told her story at the Rixos hotel in Tripoli on Saturday (March 26, 2011).

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Iman al-Obeidi, who said she spent two days in detention after being arrested at a checkpoint in Tripoli, Libya,  and was sexually assaulted by up to 15 men while in custody, shouted as she told her story at the Rixos hotel in Tripoli on Saturday (March 26, 2011).

Iman al-Obeidi, who said she spent two days in detention after being arrested at a checkpoint in Tripoli, Libya, and was sexually assaulted by up to 15 men while in custody, shouted as she told her story at the Rixos hotel in Tripoli on Saturday (March 26, 2011).

Jerome Delay/AP

Iman al-Obeidi first made news in March, when she burst into a Tripoli hotel filled with foreign journalists. She tried to tell her story, but government authorities dragged her away screaming, as dozens of cameras rolled.

Since then, Obeidi was released and she fled to Tunisia and eventually found her way to Qatar only to be deported back to Libya. In early June, Obeidi left for a U.N. refugee facility in Romania.

And CNN reports, today, on Wednesday, Obeidi finally made it to what will become her permanent home: The United States.

CNN reports:

After spending 54 days in a U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees facility in Romania, Obeidy arrived in New York late Wednesday night, then boarded a flight to the destination where she will reside.

She told CNN she is excited and happy to be in the United States, and passed her thanks to the U.S. government and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, adding that she hopes to meet her someday.

Other than her brief conversation with a CNN producer, she said she is not ready to speak to the media.

In an interview with NPR in April, Obeidi, 28, told a harrowing story of being repeatedly raped and beaten.

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