Oklahoma native returns to Middle East

McAlester native Saadiq Long, who appeared to be on the U.S. government’s “no-fly list,” returned to his home in Qatar by way of bus and flights on foreign airways.

BY CARLA HINTON Published: March 9, 2013

A McAlester native who twice was prevented from leaving Oklahoma to return to the Middle East has made it to Qatar.

During a telephone interview Friday, Saadiq Long, a U.S. Air Force veteran who converted to Islam, said he took a bus from Oklahoma City to Mexico, then boarded flights in three different countries to return to Qatar.

Long said he got the...

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