Two Iraqis in­dicted in Ky. on ter­ror charges

The Washington Times Weekly - - National - BY JERRY SEPER

An Iraqi na­tional sus­pected of car­ry­ing out nu­mer­ous bomb­ing at­tacks against U.S. troops and an­other Iraqi cit­i­zen tied to in­sur­gents there have been ar­rested and in­dicted in Ken­tucky on fed­eral terrorism charges.

Waad Ra­madan Al­wan, 30, and Mo­hanad Sha­reef Ham­madi, 23, both for­mer res­i­dents of Iraq who now re­side in Bowl­ing Green, Ky., were charged in a 23-count in­dict­ment re­turned by a fed­eral grand jury in Bowl­ing Green, ac­cord­ing to U.S. At­tor­ney David J. Hale in Louisville.

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

Mr. Ham­madi is charged with at­tempt­ing to pro­vide ma­te­rial sup­port to ter­ror­ists in Iraq, as well as con­spir­acy to trans­fer, pos­sess and ex­port Stinger mis­siles.

Mr. Hale said the two men were ar­rested May 25 on crim­i­nal com­plaints and made their ini­tial ap­pear­ances May 31 in fed­eral court in Louisville. Each faces life in prison if con­victed of all the charges.

Both men were closely mon­i­tored by the FBI in the months lead­ing up to their ar­rests, Mr. Hale said, not­ing that nei­ther is charged with plot­ting at­tacks within the U.S.

“Whether they seek shel­ter in a ma­jor metropoli­tan area or in a smaller city in Ken­tucky, those who would at­tempt to harm or kill Amer­i­cans abroad will face a de­ter­mined and pre­pared law en­force­ment ef­fort ded­i­cated to the in­ves­ti­ga­tions and pros­e­cu­tions nec­es­sary to bring them to jus­tice,” Mr. Hale said.

Ac­cord­ing to the charg­ing doc­u­ments, Mr. Al­wan en­tered the U.S. in April 2009 and has lived in Bowl­ing Green since. The doc­u­ments said Mr. Ham­madi en­tered this coun­try in July 2009 and, af­ter first re­sid­ing in Las Ve­gas, moved to Bowl­ing Green.

In Septem­ber 2009, the FBI be­gan an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Mr. Al­wan and used a con­fi­den­tial

Ac­cord­ing to the charg­ing doc­u­ments, the FBI has been able to iden­tify two la­tent fin­ger­prints be­long­ing to Mr. Al­wan on a com­po­nent of an un­ex­ploded IED that was re­cov­ered by U.S. forces near Bayji, Iraq. Mr. Al­wan pur­port­edly had ad­vised the con­fi­den­tial source dur­ing at least one recorded meet­ing that he had lived in that area of Iraq and worked at the power plant in Bayji. Mr. Al­wan al­legedly picked up ma­chine guns and rocket-pro­pelled grenade launch­ers from a stor­age fa­cil­ity in Ken­tucky and de­liv­ered them to a des­ig­nated lo­ca­tion, be­liev­ing they would be shipped to al Qaeda in Iraq.

source to record con­ver­sa­tions with him and, be­gin­ning in Au­gust 2010, with Mr. Ham­madi.

Mr. Hale said that in a num­ber of meet­ings, Mr. Al­wan dis­cussed his ac­tiv­i­ties as an in­sur­gent in Iraq from 2003 un­til his cap­ture by Iraqi authorities in May 2006, in­clud­ing his use of IEDs and sniper ri­fles to tar­get U.S. forces.

In one recorded con­ver­sa­tion, Mr. Al­wan said that he ob­tained ex­plo­sives and mis­siles while an in­sur­gent in Iraq, that his in­sur­gent group con­ducted strikes daily, and that he used IEDs in Iraq hun­dreds of times, in­clud­ing against U.S. troops.

Asked whether he had achieved re­sults from these de­vices in Iraq, Mr. Al­wan al­legedly replied, “Oh, yes,” men­tion­ing that his at­tacks had tar­geted Hum­mers and Bradley fight­ing ve­hi­cles.

Ac­cord­ing to the charg­ing doc­u­ments, the FBI has been able to iden­tify two la­tent fin­ger­prints be­long­ing to Mr. Al­wan on a com­po­nent of an un­ex­ploded IED that was re­cov­ered by U.S. forces near Bayji, Iraq.

Mr. Al­wan pur­port­edly had ad­vised the con­fi­den­tial source dur­ing at least one recorded meet­ing that he had lived in that area of Iraq and worked at the power plant in Bayji.

Ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ments, Mr. Al­wan al­legedly picked up ma­chine guns and rocket-pro­pelled grenade launch­ers from a stor­age fa­cil­ity in Ken­tucky and de­liv­ered them to a des­ig­nated lo­ca­tion, be­liev­ing they would be shipped to al Qaeda in Iraq.

Mo­hanad Sha­reef Ham­madi

Waad Ra­madan Al­wan

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