Saudi News Site: Michelle Obama Visited Saudi National in Hospital on Thursday

The Blaze

The well-known Saudi Arabian news site released a report claiming first lady Michelle Obama visited two young Saudi Arabian nationals — including one once considered a person of interest and who sources tell TheBlaze was being considered for deportation — in the hospital Thursday following the Boston attacks and reassured them of their health status.

Below is a screenshot of the Okaz report:

Michelle Obama Visited Saudis Al Ajaji and Al Harbi in Hospital, Reassured Them of Health: Saudi News Site

Steven Miller, a researcher at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, translated the Arabic-language article into English for TheBlaze.

“Yesterday, Michelle Obama, the wife of the American President, visited the Saudis in the hospital who were injured in the Boston bombing, Abdul Rahman Ali Isa al-Salmi al-Harbi and Noura Khaled Saleh al-Ajaji, to reassure them of their health,” begins the article before explaining the students’ injuries.

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Saudi National Questioned in Boston Bombings Was Allegedly Flagged on Terror Watch List

Also Read: Beck Breaks Exclusive Information on Saudi National Once Considered a Person of Interest in Boston Bombings

The Blaze

The Saudi national once considered a “person of interest” in the Boston Bombings and who Blaze sources say was being considered for deportation as early as Tuesday was apparently flagged on a terror watch list, according to Fox News reporter Todd Starnes.

Blaze sources say Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi was linked in some way to the Boston Bombings in a deportation document.

Saudi National Once Considred Person of Interest Was Flagged on Terror Watch list: Todd Starnes

Fox News’ Todd Starnes is reporting that Alharbi was allegedly on this list and granted a student VISA without being properly vetted. These accusations come from a source who is purportedly familiar with the investigation. Starnes has more:

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Saudi Students in U.S. Up More Than 500% Since Sept. 11, 2001

Free Republic

The number of Saudi Arabian students in the United States has increased by more than 500 percent since Sept. 11, 2001—when Hani Hanjour, a Saudi national who came here on a student visa flew American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon, killing 189 people.

According to the Institute of International Education—whose numbers on foreign students in the United States are used in official reports published by the U.S. Department of Education—there were 5,579 Saudi nationals enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education in the 2001-2002 school year. The Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks took place near the beginning of that school year. …

From the 2001-2002 school year to the 2011-2012 school year, the number of Saudi nationals enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education increased by 28,560.

That is an increase of more than 500 percent. …

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