Fairfax VA man, Yahya Wehelie caught in a crack
"I don't know any other way to get home," said Wehelie, who said he had spent 18 months in Yemen after leaving Burke to find a bride and learn Arabic. He said that he has offered to sit between two FBI agents on any flight home but that for the moment he is living in a run-down hotel in Cairo.”
Born in the USA to Somali immigrants, he traveled to Yemen to look for a bride and to learn Arabic. He comes from a family where his brother served in the US Army. No laws broken.
In fact, he reminds me of the pharmacist’s assistant at RiteAid, a fellow who fills my prescriptions. They have similar backgrounds and like Wehelie, he is a Muslim American. Nothing wrong with that.
The only thing I would advise, if I were Yahya’s friend or parent, I would not be traveling to Yemen right now. Are there not plenty of nice Muslim girls at home in our community? Can you not sign up for Arabic classes locally?
Well, some of us, especially the younger, he is 26, want to explore the world. Of course, Islamic radicals in Yemen might profile Wehelie. When he checked into Yemen, someone might have noticed that he is American, a young impressionable Muslim man, here to learn Arabic and seeking a bride. Hum. Maybe we could recruit him, they might wonder? And, would he not be aware of the possibility?
Put yourself in a predicament and the US filtering system will find you. It worked.
I would be wondering more about how Wehelie paid for such an extended trip. Did his parents pay for it? Now, what are his plans for the future? Maybe, it is none of our business.
“Fairfax man returning from Yemen stranded in Cairo after landing on no-fly list By Peter Finn
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, June 17, 2010
A Fairfax County man returning home from Yemen has been stranded in Egypt for six weeks after being told he was on a no-fly list.
Yahya Wehelie, 26, said Wednesday that after landing at the airport in Cairo in early May, he was told he would not be able to board his connection to New York and would have to go to the U.S. Embassy for an explanation. Embassy officials later told Wehelie and a younger brother with whom he was traveling that they would have to wait for FBI agents to arrive from Washington. “