PHOENIX – A Syrian man accused of making a key component in the improvised explosive devices used in attacks against AMERICAN soldiers during the War in Iraq was sentenced Friday on federal conspiracy charges.
Jurors deliberated about four days before delivering the verdict against Ahmed Alahmedalabdaloklah (AL-ah-med-AL-ab-dahl-OK’-lah), who is accused of making printed circuit boards used to remotely detonate bombs along the way for the 1920 Revolution Brigades. The group claimed responsibility for 230 attacks against American soldiers in Iraq from 2005 to 2010, prosecutors have said in court papers.
The trial was held in Phoenix, because the authorities say that Alahmedalabdaloklah got parts for a wireless initiation system that is used in the ied’s of a company headquartered in Arizona.
The case against the 40-year-old has emerged from a raid a decade ago, in a Baghdad apartment, where soldiers discovered a large cache of bomb-making materials, although there are no explosives were found. Prosecutors say his fingerprints were found on several items in the apartment.
Several people have tied him to the production of IED components, including one person who said Alahmedalabdaloklah found a factory in China to make the boards, after he fled Iraq, authorities said.
Alahmedalabdaloklah was convicted on charges of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy to destroy U.S. government property with an explosive, possession of a destructive device in furtherance of a violent crime and conspiracy to possess a destructive device in furtherance of a violent crime.
He was acquitted of the charges of providing support to terrorists and conspiracy to commit extraterritorial murder of a U.S. citizen. His sentencing is set for June 5.
Gregory Bartolomei, an attorney, did not immediately respond to a phone call and e-mail seeking comment on the verdict.
Defense attorneys have said Alahmedalabdaloklah never expressed any sentiment against the Americans in the 12 years of the e-mails that were judged by the researchers.
They have said that their client, who was brought to Iraq as a refugee when he was a child, operated a legitimate electronics store in Baghdad and moved to China, as security in Iraq deteriorated. They say that he is a electronics business in China that products that are sold in Iraq and elsewhere, but never sent any parts to be used in a bomb.
He was arrested in May 2011 after flying to Turkey from China. He was jailed for three years in Turkey before they are extradited to the United States in August 2014.
The 1920 Revolution Brigades, the group he is accused of selling parts, was active against U.S. forces in the Sunni dominated parts of Iraq until it switched sides in 2007 to fight against al-Qaeda. The group derived its name from the 1920 revolution in which Iraqis revolted against the British occupation.
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