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    Assalamu alaikum, Report: Bahraini Princess Who Wed Marine Goes Home http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010929/re/people_princess_dc_1.html SAN FRANCISCO
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      Assalamu'alaikum,

      Report: Bahraini Princess Who Wed Marine Goes Home

      http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010929/re/people_princess_dc_1.html

      SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Bahraini princess who sneaked out of her
      country to elope with a U.S. Marine in 1999 is returning home because of a
      marriage gone sour and family fears about her safety, the Los Angeles
      Times reported on Saturday.

      Meriam Al-Khalifa Johnson, who swept out of Bahrain hiding under a
      baseball cap and flashing fake Marine identification, flew to Washington
      on Thursday to catch a flight back home to the Middle East, the newspaper
      said.

      The couple inspired a television movie, ``Romeo and Juliet set against
      Desert Storm,'' and a foreign-relations tempest when the Bahraini
      government asked the United States to send the princess back.

      The two finally married in Las Vegas, but are now considering divorce,
      Al-Khalifa Johnson told friends this week, the Times said.

      The newspaper reported that Al-Khalifa Johnson, 19, told her husband,
      Jason Johnson, 26, to get a job, while the ex-Marine, reduced in rank for
      forging the fake identification that let her evade Bahraini security and
      who left the Marine Corps early, wanted to attend college.

      In addition, her family feared for her safety in the United States in the
      aftermath of the Sept. 11 hijacking attacks that destroyed New York's
      World Trade Center, damaged the Pentagon near Washington and provoked hate
      crimes against people of Middle Eastern descent.

      FBI Director Robert Mueller said on Thursday that about
      90 so-called hate-crime investigations had been launched across the
      country.

      ``I love my wife deeply,'' the Times quoted Jason Johnson as saying from
      his mother's home about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

      ``This was a surprise to us all,'' he said. ``We had some general aches
      and pains in our marriage, but nothing bad, nothing like some of our
      friends. She never complained. She never said anything.''

      The romance began in the Bahrain emirate, a key U.S. ally in the Gulf
      where Al-Khalifa Johnson's father is related to the ruling emir and Jason
      Johnson was stationed with U.S. forces.

      By the time the couple arrived in the United States, Bahrain had asked the
      State Department to return Al-Khalifa Johnson, sparking a diplomatic
      tangle that ended in the couple's favor after Al-Khalifa Johnson said she
      faced physical harm for socializing with non-Muslims if she returned to
      Bahrain.

      Though Bahrain protested that accusation, the U.S. government allowed her
      to stay and issued a green card last May, entitling her to permanent
      residence, which she could lose if the marriage breaks up.

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