The terrorist next door [The Arena]

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In recorded conversations, Alwan allegedly stated that he used to procure explosives and missiles while an insurgent in Iraq; that his insurgent group conducted strikes daily; and that he used IEDs in Iraq hundreds of times. At one point, Alwan allegedly drew diagrams of four types of IEDs for the CHS and provided verbal instructions on how to build these devices. He also discussed occasions in which he had used these types of IEDs against U.S. troops. Asked whether he had achieved results from these devices in Iraq, Alwan allegedly replied, “Oh yes,” mentioning that his attacks had “f--ked up” Hummers and also targeted Bradley fighting vehicles.  According to the charging documents, the FBI has been able to identify two latent fingerprints belonging to Alwan on a component of an unexploded IED that was recovered by U.S. forces near Bayji, Iraq.

The charging documents also allege that Hammadi has discussed his prior experience as an insurgent in Iraq and has told about prior IED attacks in Iraq in which he participated. In one conversation, Hammadi allegedly described how he had been arrested in Iraq, explaining that authorities captured him after the car he was driving in got a flat tire shortly after he and others had placed IEDs in the ground.

In November 2010, Alwan allegedly picked up machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers from a storage facility in Kentucky and delivered them to a designated location believing they would be shipped to al Qaeda in Iraq. In January 2011, the charging documents allege, Alwan recruited Hammadi to assist in the material support activities. Alwan allegedly described Hammadi as a relative of his whose work as an insurgent in Iraq was well known.

After reminding reporters that charges contained in an indictment or criminal complaint are merely allegations, and that defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty, the U.S. Attorney's office and the FBI made it clear at Tuesday’s press conference  that the arrest and indictment against Hammadi and Alwan were not a reflection of Muslims in Kentucky or the United States.

Dr. G.A. Shareef, a Muslim living in Louisville, spoke to WAVE-3’s Maira Ansari yesterday, to let people know that a vast majority of Muslims here in Kentucky do not support terrorism.  "Islam is a peaceful religion, Islam means peace," said Dr. Shareef. "Violence is prohibited especially revenge violence."

Actually, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the Arabic word “Islam” means “surrender.”

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