HOUSTON – An Iraqi refugee who authorities say wanted to set off bombs at two Houston malls has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for trying to help the Islamic State group.
Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan was sentenced in Houston federal court on Monday.
He pleaded guilty in October 2016 to an attempt to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.
The 25-year-old came to Houston from Iraq in 2009. He was arrested in January 2016.
The authorities say that Hardan was the learning of how to create a digital channels that can be used to detonate explosives.
Plaintiff alleged Al Hardan was the coordination with other Iraqi refugees in California. She said that the two men were talking about getting weapons, training and eventually goes to Syria to fight alongside the Islamic State.