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2 Iraqi nationals indicted on terrorism charges

BOWLING GREEN, KY (WAVE) - Two Iraqi citizens who allegedly have ties to carrying out Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq have been arrested and indicted on federal terrorism charges in western Kentucky.

30 year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan and 23 year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, both who currently reside in Bowling Green, Kentucky, were indicted on May 26 by a federal grand jury.

Alwan is charged with conspiracy to kill U.S. national abroad, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction against U.S. nationals abroad, distributing information on the manufacture and use if 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.

The pair were arrested on May 25 and made their initial appearances in a Louisville federal court today. Each faces a potential life sentence if convicted of all the charges in the indictment.

According to the Department of Justice, both defendants were closely monitored by federal law enforcement authorities in the months leading up to their arrests and neither is charged with planning attacks within the United States.

According to the FBI, Alwan entered the U.S. in April of 2009 and has lived in Bowling Green since his arrival. Hammadi entered the U.S. in July of 2009 first residing in Las Vegas then moved to Bowling Green.

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