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A teenager from Alexandria, Virginia, who says he was detained, beaten and whipped in Kuwait is scheduled to arrive at Dulles International Airport Friday morning.

Gadeir Abbas, is a lawyer from the Council on American-Islamic Relations or CAIR.

CAIR sued the US government to force the return of Gulet Mohammed, who is an American citizen.

Abbas says Mohammed is an outgoing 19-year-old with a positive outlook, which Abbas says helped him survive after his detention in Kuwait.

"He was beaten for a week, and if Gulet wasn't so resilient and positive, this situation could have turned out much differently," Abbas says.

Mohammed is of Somali descent, and had traveled to both Somalia and Yemen on his trip, but Abbas says it's unclear why he was detained.

Liban Mohammed is Gulet's older brother.

"It's been a nightmare," he says, "my family's been through a lot and I'm sure others are suffering the same ordeal as Gulet, but we just don't know about it."

Representatives from the Department of Justice have declined to talk with reporters about the case.

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