Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hamadi, have been arrested in Kentucky for conspiring to send weapons and money to Al-Qaeda’s branch in their native country of Iraq. Alwan’s fingerprints have been recovered from an improvised explosive device in Iraq, raising questions about how he came to the U.S. as a refugee and why it took so long to arrest him.
Alwan lived in Bowling Green, K.Y. since April 2009, when he arrived as a refugee. Hamadi also came in 2009 and moved to the city from Las Vegas. CBS News reports that Alwan came under investigation in September of the same year.
Alwan bragged to an FBI informant that he “f—ed up” American military Hummers in Iraq and attacked U.S. soldiers with improvised explosive devices and sniper rifles. He and Hamadi then began conspiring with the informant to ship money, sniper rifles, and Stinger missiles to Al-Qaeda in Iraq. The two were arrested after delivering the supplies to a tractor trailer, believing it would go to the terrorist group.
It has been confirmed that the Iraqi government found Alwan’s fingerprints on an improvised explosive device in 2005, four years before he came to the U.S. Kentucky.com reports that this is raising questions about how Alwan was able to get refugee status, and the Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that it did not receive the fingerprints until January of this year.
“Rarely do you get that much evidence,” Frank Cilluffo, the director of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Program, told Kentucky.com.
“It’s that much more troubling that it wasn’t caught.”