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Saddam’s stepson deported

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U.S. immigration officials sent Saddam Hussein’s stepson home to New Zealand this week after he was caught trying to enroll in the Florida flight school where one of the Sept. 11 hijackers learned to fly. FBI officials said they had no reason to believe Mohammed Nour al-Din Saffi, the eldest son of Saddam’s second wife, had any links to terrorists. Immigration agents merely detained him because he failed to get the required student visa before enrolling in the Miami-based Aerospace Aviation Center, where hijacker Ziad Jarrah trained. Saffi is employed by an airline in New Zealand, where he is a citizen, and reportedly was trying to update his certification as a pilot.

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