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Barloon En Route To Kuwait

July 18, 1995

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) _ William Barloon, one of two Americans freed from an Iraqi jail this weekend, was on his way to Kuwait today to reunite with his family.

Barloon, 39, left Amman aboard a Gulf Air flight for Manama, Bahrain, where he was to catch a flight to Kuwait City, airport officials said.

Barloon and David Daliberti, 41, were released from Abu Ghreib prison near Baghdad on Sunday after U.S. Rep. Bill Richardson made an appeal on their behalf to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

The two men, who worked for U.S. defense contractors in Kuwait, were arrested March 13 after straying into Iraq. They were sentenced by an Iraqi court to eight years in prison for illegally entering the country.

On Monday, Richardson, D-N.M., escorted the freed Americans to Jordan, then left with Daliberti for Washington.

At Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, security officials barred reporters from talking to Barloon citing instructions from the U.S. Embassy.

Barloon’s wife was on a business trip in Singapore when he was freed Sunday. On Tuesday, she told The Associated Press she will not be back in Kuwait in time for husband’s arrival, but that the couple’s three children and friends will meet him.

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