CNN reports that two Iraqi men living in Kentucky have been taken into custody and arraigned on a series of terrorism charges for allegedly helping al Qaeda in Iraq carry out attacks on U.S. troops, federal officials said Tuesday.
The charges also include elaborate efforts in recent months to provide weapons from the United States to al Qaeda in Iraq, officials say.
The defendants are identified as Waad Ramadan Alwan, 30, and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 23, both former residents of Iraq who currently reside in Bowling Green. They were arrested last week, and the charges were made public Tuesday when the pair appeared in federal court in Louisville.
A Justice Department official described Alwan as “a really bad guy” who had constructed and placed improvised explosive devices designed to kill U.S. troops. In more recent years Alwan has lived in the United States, officials said.