Alleged Libyan rape victim relocated to U.S.

Iman Al-Obeidi is seen in Tripoli in this March 26, 2011 file photo, after storming into a hotel's breakfast room to show her wounds to foreign media. file,AP Photo/Jerome Delay

Iman Al-Obeidi is seen in Tripoli in this March 26, 2011 file photo, after storming into a hotel's breakfast room to show her wounds to foreign media.
Iman Al-Obeidi is seen in Tripoli, Libya, March 26, 2011, after storming into a hotel's breakfast room to show her wounds to foreign media.
AP Photo

The Libyan woman who was dragged away from reporters in March after shouting claims of being gang raped by Muammar Qaddafi's troops has been reportedly relocated to the United States.

CNN reported Friday morning that Iman al-Obeidi, 29, landed in New York late Wednesday night after spending nearly two months at a United Nations refugee facility in Romania. Al-Obeidi then flew from New York to an unnamed location where she will live after being granted asylum by the United States.

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Al-Obeidi told a CNN producer that she is "excited" and "happy" to be in America. Other than being thankful for the asylum and expressing her hope to someday meet Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, she declined further comment, saying she isn't ready to speak publicly.

In March, Qaddafi-regime media escorts dragged al-Obeidi out of the hotel housing international reporters covering the uprising after she burst in and talked about being pulled from her car and raped by regime soldiers at a security checkpoint.

After making headlines around the world, al-Obeidi wasn't heard from for several days. She then surfaced in neighboring Tunisia and later Qatar, where she was expelled to the de-facto rebel capital of Benghazi, Libya, before arriving in Romania to await word on her permanent relocation.

  • Alex Sundby

    Alex Sundby is an associate news editor for CBSNews.com

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