An Iraqi-born Dutch citizen pleaded not guilty Monday in what the Justice Department called the first US terror charges against insurgents targeting Americans in Iraq.
Wesam al-Delaema, 33, has been wanted by the United States since 2003, when he and his fellow "Mujahideen from Fallujah" videotaped themselves planting explosives along an Iraq road used by US troops. The explosives did not result in any deaths.
He was extradited from the Netherlands over the weekend after being held there for nearly two years, and will become the first suspect tried in a US court for alleged terrorism in Iraq's bloody insurgency.
"After a lengthy extradition process, this defendant will now face justice for his efforts in orchestrating and launching roadside bomb attacks against our men and women serving in Iraq," Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Wainstein said Monday.
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