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Thursday, June 2, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Iraqis with Al Qaida ties arrested in Kentucky

WASHINGTON — The United States has arrested Iraqi nationals on charges of trying to help Al Qaida.


Two Iraqis deemed refugees were detained in mid-May in Bowling Green, Ky. on charges of helping Al Qaida and planning attacks on the U.S. military in Iraq from 2003 to 2006. The Iraqis were also said to have agreed to a plan to acquire U.S.-origin Stinger surface-to-air missiles operations in Iraq.

"Let me be clear that this is not an indictment against a particular religious community or religion," U.S. federal prosecutor David Hale said. "Instead, this indictment charges two individuals with federal terrorism offenses."

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The Iraqis, arrested on May 25, were identified as Waad Ramadan Alwan, 30, and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 23. A 23-count federal grand jury indictment asserted that Alwan conspired to bomb Americans in Iraq and help the Al Qaida network. He was also said to have sought to export Stinger missiles to insurgents.

"Over the course of roughly eight years, Waad Ramadan Alwan allegedly supported efforts to kill U.S. troops in Iraq, first by participating in the construction and placement of improvised explosive devices in Iraq and, more recently, by attempting to ship money and weapons from the United States to insurgents in Iraq," Assistant Attorney General Todd Hinnen said.

Hamadi was accused of similar offenses. Both defendants, who entered the United States in 2009 and were not charged with plots inside the country, face life sentences.

Alwan was said to have been drawn into an FBI sting in which he boasted of attacking the U.S. Army in Iraq. Later, a fingerprint was recovered from an unexploded bomb near Beiji, Iraq.

In September 2010, Alwan was said to have shipped money and weapons to Sunni insurgents in Iraq. In the sting, Alwan agreed to also acquire machine guns, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, Stinger missiles and C4 plastic explosives for Al Qaida elements.

"Neither the Stinger missiles nor any of the other weapons or money delivered by Alwan or Hammadi in connection with the CHS [confidential human source] in the United States were provided to Al Qaida in Iraq, but instead were carefully controlled by law enforcement as part of the undercover operation," the Justice Department said.

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