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Kentucky Iraqis face terrorism charges
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Bowling Green Iraqis face terrorism charges

The Department of Justice believes the men are the first people to date to be charged in federal court with attempting to provide material support to al-Qaida in Iraq.

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, said Todd Hinnen, acting assistant attorney general for national security, in the news release. His co-defendant, Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, is accused of many of the same activities.

Alwan entered the U.S. in April 2009 and has lived in Bowling Green since his arrival. Hammadi entered the U.S. in July 2009 in Las Vegas and moved to Bowling Green in December 2009.

The men are part of a large refugee population living in Bowling Green. From April 30, 2010, to April 30, some 63 Iraqis have entered Bowling Green as refugees, according Becky Jordan, Kentucky state refugee coordinator for the Kentucky Office for Refugees.

The filing of these charges in Bowling Green, Kentucky, underscores the readiness of federal law enforcement authorities and our partners in the joint terrorism task forces to effectively pursue and prosecute terrorists wherever in the United States they may be found, said David Hale, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, in the news release.

It is really a sad statement that this story didn't get all the attention that Weiner and Palin have been getting. This should have been in all local newspapers.
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