WASHINGTON (AP) -- A son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi toured U.S. ports and military facilities just weeks before he helped lead deadly attacks on rebels protesting his father's authoritarian regime.
A company official says Khamis Gadhafi, 27, spent four weeks in the U.S. as part of an internship with AECOM, a global infrastructure company with business interests in Libya. He says the trip included visits to the Port of Houston, Air Force Academy, National War College and West Point.
AECOM Senior Vice President Paul Gennaro says the U.S. State department approved the plans and considered Gadhafi a reformer. State department officials say they merely picked him up at the airport.
Gadhafi was expelled from a Spanish MBA program this month because of his role in attacks on Libyan protestors.
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