Iraqis charged in US with trying to help al-Qaida

May 31, 2011 23:38


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WASHINGTON - Two Iraqi men were arrested and charged in Kentucky with trying to help al Qaida militants in their home country and one of the suspects is also charged for attacks on US troops there, the Justice Department said on Tuesday.

Waad Ramadan Alwan, 30, was accused taking part in roadside bomb attacks on US troops between 2003 and 2006, linked in one such instance by fingerprints obtained by US forces from a device that did not detonate.

He and a second Iraqi, Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, also were charged in a 23-count indictment for allegedly trying to provide support and weapons to an al Qaida affiliate in Iraq, in a sting operation subsequently run by US authorities.

The two men entered the United States in 2009 after receiving refugee status. They were arrested last week in their current hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky, and if convicted, could face life in prison, US prosecutors said.

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