Student removed from Southwest flight after speaking Arabic on plane

April 18, 2016 12:50 PM

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Earlier this month, Khairuldeen Makhzoomi found himself at a gathering with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. He had been invited to the dinner-and-lecture event in Los Angeles by a friend who works for the World Affairs Council, and he was thrilled.

The University of California, Berkeley senior is a double major in political science and Near Eastern studies. At the close of Ban Ki-moon's speech, Makhzoomi recounted in a phone interview with The Washington Post Sunday night, he stood up to ask the secretary general about Iraqi Popular Mobilizati...

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