Last updated: 22 August, 2012

Iraqi pleads guilty in US to supporting insurgents

A 24-year-old Iraqi national prosecuted in the United States for supporting terrorists, including members of Al-Qaeda, in his home country has pleaded guilty, the Justice Department announced.

Mohanad Shareef Hammadi faces 25 years in prison to life for attempting to provide weapons to “terrorists” in Iraq and notably trying to equip Iraqi insurgents with Stinger missiles.

Hammadi will be sentenced on December 5.

He was arrested in May 2011 in the eastern US state of Kentucky together with an accomplice, Waad Ramadan Alwan, who pleaded guilty in December to charges including “conspiracy to kill US nationals abroad” in Iraq.

“In open court today, Mohanad Hammadi admitted to engaging in terrorist activities here in the United States. He admitted that he tried to send numerous weapons from Kentucky to Iraq to be used against American soldiers,” prosecutor David Hale said in the statement.

According to the indictment, Hammadi entered the United States in July 2009 and had initially lived in Las Vegas before settling in Kentucky, while his accomplice Alwan arrived three months earlier.

Authorities apprehended Hammadi and Alwan in an FBI sting involving an undercover agent, posing as part of a group sending money and weapons to insurgents in Iraq.