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Default Accused terrorist arrested in Kentucky!

Updated: 8:42 PM May 31, 2011

Accused al-Qaeda terrorists arrested in Kentucky
The federal government has arrested two Iraqi men for attacking US troops in Iraq and for conspiring with al-Qaeda to use weapons of mass destruction to kill US citizens abroad. The men reportedly attempted to hide from the government by living in Bowling Green.
Posted: 5:56 PM May 31, 2011

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Accused al-Qaeda terrorists arrested in Kentucky



fiA federal indictment accuses two men, living in Bowling Green, of conspiring with al-Qaeda to kill US citizens. The indictment also accuses the Iraqi men of using Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) to kill US troops in Iraq.

Both men, 30-year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan and 23-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, are former residents of Iraq. The indictment unsealed Tuesday charges both men with 23 counts.

< Alwan is charged with conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals abroad; conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction (explosives) against U.S. nationals abroad; distributing information on the manufacture and use of IEDs; attempting to provide material support to terrorists and to al-Qaeda in Iraq; as well as conspiracy to transfer, possess and export Stinger missiles. Hammadi is charged with attempting to provide material support to terrorists and to al-Qaeda in Iraq, as well as conspiracy to transfer, possess and export Stinger missiles.

Each faces a potential sentence of life in prison if convicted of all the charges in the indictment.

The government says both men were closely monitored by federal law enforcement authorities in the months leading up to their arrests and never actually made a shipment to al-Qaeda. They say neither is charged with plotting attacks within the United States.

According to the charging documents, Alwan entered the United States in April 2009 and has lived in Bowling Green since his arrival. Hammadi entered the United States in July 2009 and, after first residing in Las Vegas, moved to Bowling Green.

The FBI says it began investigating Alwan in September of 2009 and Hammadi in August of 2010. They say both investigations were taking place before the federal government killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden earlier this month.

Federal agents say Alwan thought he was shipping money and weapons to terrorists in Iraq, including machine guns, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, Stinger missiles and C4 plastic explosives. He also attempted to ship IED diagrams and advice on how to build an IED to the mujahidin attacking US troops in Iraq.

He reportedly kept the items in a storage facility in Kentucky and recruited Hammadi to help. The government says the men attempted to ship the items to al-Qaeda in a tractor-trailer. They say the weapons and money did not make it to al-Qaeda as they were being monitored as part of an undercover operation.





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