At an undisclosed location in Iraq, an AH-64 Apache helicopter provides close-air support for a resupply convoy in support of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve on Nov. 27, 2017. (Marine Corps photo by Capt. Christian Lopez)

Syrian National Convicted for Conspiring to Kill American Soldiers in Iraq

A Syrian national was convicted in Phoenix on Friday of getting components from an Arizona company to construct improvised explosive devices used to kill Americans during the Iraq war. 000

Ahmed Alahmedalabdaloklah was convicted by a jury, following a six-week trial, of conspiring and supporting the 1920s Revolutionary Brigades, an insurgent group that planted roadside bombs to attack and kill American soldiers in Iraq. Alahmedalabdaloklah was found guilty of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, conspiring to maliciously damage or destroy United States property by means of an explosive, aiding and abetting other persons to possess a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence, and conspiracy to possess a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence. Sentencing is set for June 5.

“The FBI’s highest priority is preventing acts; both in the United States and abroad,” said Phoenix FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael DeLeon. “We want to thank the Department of Justice and the Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, agents, analysts, and both local and foreign partners for working together to bring Ahmed Alahmedalabdaloklah to justice. This is a prime example of the FBI’s commitment to pursuing justice even in the most complex and difficult cases. The FBI also wants to voice our sympathy and condolences to the victims, their families and friends. The FBI will continue our mission of preventing terrorist acts and pursuing those who plan to do us harm. “

Alahmedalabdaloklah supported the 1920s Revolutionary Brigades by designing, making, and supplying parts for remote-controlled IED initiator switches for roadside bombs. In August 2006, during a search and seizure weapons clearing mission, American soldiers located an apartment in Baghdad that had been converted into an IED switch-making factory. Soldiers seized numerous items used to detonate IEDs, including receivers, transmitters, cell phones, key fobs, modified hands-free headsets, and ready-to-use IED switches. Over a thousand finger and palm prints belonging to Alahmedalabdaloklah were discovered on the items found there, including instructions for making IEDs.

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