Two Iraqi men living in Bowling Green are facing charges that they tried to send stinger missiles, sniper rifles, and money to Al-Qaida in their home country. A 23-count federal indictment was unsealed Tuesday against 30-year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan and 23-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi. Both have lived in Warren County since 2009. Authorities say their weapons and money didn’t make it to Iraq because of a tightly controlled undercover investigation. David Hale is the U-S attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. He says the men are not accused of any terrorist plot in the U.S.
“Let me underscore than neither of these defendants have been charged with plotting attacks within the United States. These charges relate to conduct that occurred in Iraq and also conduct in the United States regarding their attempt or conspiracy to aid Al Qaida in Iraq,” said Hale.
The pair made their initial appearance in federal court today in Louisville, and entered not guilty pleas before being remanded to federal custody. Both men face a detention hearing June 8th in Bowling Green.