Two Iraqi refugees in KY charged with aiding al-Qaeda

posted at 11:57 am on June 1, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

As part of the effort in Iraq, the US stepped up its acceptance of refugees from the country over the last several years.  The main concern was for those Iraqis who worked with the US, whose lives would have been in danger had they remained, but apparently at least a couple of those playing for the other side managed to get in as well.  Federal authorities took two of those refugees living in Kentucky into custody yesterday for their attempts to assist al-Qaeda in terrorism against the US, and one of the suspects has been linked by fingerprints to an unexploded IED in Iraq:

Two Iraqi nationals who came to the US as refugees have been arrested in Kentucky on charges that they conspired to provide money, weapons, and other support to Al Qaeda in Iraq, federal officials announced on Tuesday. …

Mr. Alwan is accused of conspiring to kill US nationals abroad, distributing information on the manufacture and use of improvised explosive devices in Iraq, and plotting to transfer Stinger missiles to Iraq.

Mr. Hammadi is charged with attempting to provide material support to Al Qaeda in Iraq, and conspiring to transfer Stinger missiles.

“Over the course of roughly eight years, Waad Ramadan Alwan allegedly supported efforts to kill US troops in Iraq, first by participating in the construction and placement of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq, and, more recently, by attempting to ship money and weapons from the United States to insurgents in Iraq,” said Todd Hinnen, acting assistant attorney general for national security.

Alwan’s bragging made it possible for the FBI to tie him to at least one specific act of terrorism.  He told the FBI’s informant that he had conducted IED attacks in Iraq as a means of establishing his bona fides.  The FBI took his fingerprints and ran it against those recovered on disarmed IED devices and found a match from June 2008, shortly before Alwan came to the US in 2009.  The story matched in other respects, including the one-eyed associate already captured by American forces at the time.

According to the FBI, Alwan wanted to set up shop in Kentucky to run munitions back to AQ insurgents in Iraq.  None of the money or weapons, up to Stinger missiles, ever made it into Iraq, the FBI insists.  One has to wonder how many others may have made their way to the US through the Iraqi refugee program, however, and whether AQ is using them for running guns and money — or for other, more operational purposes here in the US.  Perhaps the files captured in the Osama bin Laden raid will have more information on potential AQ sleepers, but the Iraq arm of AQ mostly ran itself (and ran itself into the ground after the surge).

Update: The more I think about the fingerprint match, the more curious I get.  Did no one think to run fingerprint checks on refugees before bringing them to the US?

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So now we are importing terrorists too?

portlandon on June 1, 2011 at 11:59 AM

“One has to wonder how many others may have made their way to the US through the Iraqi refugee program, however, and whether AQ is using them for running guns and money —…”

Well…

… at least our borders are secure.

Oh, wait…!

Seven Percent Solution on June 1, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Hmmm. What # is this? 856,585,263 and I bet many STILL don’t want to see that the problem is Islam.

Gob on June 1, 2011 at 12:03 PM

I think I’ll need a TSA patdown just to feel a little safer./

ted c on June 1, 2011 at 12:04 PM

So Alwan came here in 2009. Under Obama’s watchful eyes. I guess watching the ball on the tee was more important than watching who they were letting into this country.

Smart power. NOT!!!

capejasmine on June 1, 2011 at 12:06 PM

One has to wonder how many others may have made their way to the US through the Iraqi refugee program, however, and whether AQ is using them for running guns and money…

One has to wonder how many weapons our ATF has sent to AQ.

cartooner on June 1, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Only if they looked like they were going to vote Republicans.

Viator on June 1, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Did no one think to run fingerprint checks on refugees before bringing them to the US?

Ed, this is a government that issued visas to the 9/11 terrorists six months after they crashed their planes into our buildings!

PattyJ on June 1, 2011 at 12:14 PM

OT but on law enforcement: Excellent analysis of the Guerena Shooting in Tucson by Sheriff Clarence Dupnik’s SWAT team.

The Guerena Shooting: Initial Analysis

Insert witty screen name here on June 1, 2011 at 12:20 PM

It would seem logical that anyone wanting to enter the country would be fingerprinted and have the prints run against all databases.

Which is probably why we didn’t do it.

taznar on June 1, 2011 at 12:22 PM

I know its a silly idea, but why don’t we give preference to Christian refugees?

Who knows, we might just allow people in who might be killed, or tortured and probably won’t hurt us.

CrazyGene on June 1, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Now let’s be open minded…

They were just doing terrorism that Americans no longer do..

(Someone has to pick up Bill Ayers slack.)
/s

The_Livewire on June 1, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Here is an inside Ky. political take

http://lisagraas.com/2011/05/31/patriot-act-may-have-helped-identify-terrorists-in-rand-pauls-hometown/

“Patriot Act may have helped identify terrorist in Rand Paul’s hometown”

jp on June 1, 2011 at 12:28 PM

None of the money or weapons, up to Stinger missiles, ever made it into Iraq, the FBI insists.

So, I take it that the BATF was not involved?

iurockhead on June 1, 2011 at 12:30 PM

I think I’ll need a TSA patdown just to feel a little safer./

ted c on June 1, 2011 at 12:04 PM

LOL — clearly it’s time to junk-touch and fingerprint everyone in Kentucky. No, wait, that would be profiling. Everyone in Idaho.

J.E. Dyer on June 1, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Why in heaven’s name are we granting refugee status to people from the Arab world’s only democracy? Get this filth out of our country!

Ted Torgerson on June 1, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Did no one think to run fingerprint checks on refugees before bringing them to the US?

Ed, this is a government that issued visas to the 9/11 terrorists six months after they crashed their planes into our buildings!

PattyJ on June 1, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Not true.

The INS did send a letter to the Flight School Atta and a colleague trained at, 6 months after 9/11.

However…

“I think it is certainly embarrassing that the letters show up at this late date,” said INS spokesman Russ Bergeron. “It does serve to illustrate what we have been saying since 1995 — that the current system for collecting information and tracking foreign students is antiquated, outdated, inaccurate and untimely.”

Bergeron said the INS forms made it clear that actual approval of the visas took place before the September 11 attacks.

-snip-

The student visa requests were actually granted months later — on July 17, 2001, for Atta, and August 9, 2001, for al-Shehhi — but postmarks indicate the letters of notification were only sent out to Huffman Aviation last week. They were received Monday, the six-month milestone of last year’s terror attacks.

The INS said it sent notification to the two men of their visa status change shortly after the requests were approved. Flight schools, Bergeron said, are routinely last to be notified.

Source: CNN.

Del Dolemonte on June 1, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Gee. What a surprise. Western delusion of peaceful religion meets delusional death cultists.

pat on June 1, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Kudos to them for linking these guys to an IED in Iraq. I am not going to complain. At least they caught them with hard core proof.

karenhasfreedom on June 1, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Now let’s be open minded…

They were just doing terrorism that Americans no longer do..

(Someone has to pick up Bill Ayers slack.)
/s

The_Livewire on June 1, 2011 at 12:26 PM

The left is subcontracting domestic terror now.

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 12:43 PM

There are so many awesome Iraqis that acted as interpreters for our guys over there and came here because they were targets back home.

It sucks that these two scumbags made it through, but at least they were snagged before they managed to hurt anybody.

There’s a great book titled “Saved By Her Enemy” about a young Iraqi woman who goes to work for CBS as a ‘Terp and is adopted the reporter’s family.

Tony737 on June 1, 2011 at 12:43 PM

I know its a silly idea, but why don’t we give preference to Christian refugees?

Who knows, we might just allow people in who might be killed, or tortured and probably won’t hurt us.

CrazyGene on June 1, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Yes. We need a refugee program for Christians and Jews in those muslim countries where their lives are in danger simply for existing.

slickwillie2001 on June 1, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Quick and painless firing squad. Don’t dick around with this.

Jaibones on June 1, 2011 at 12:53 PM

So now we are importing terrorists too?

portlandon on June 1, 2011 at 11:59 AM

No no. You’re looking at this all wrong. We are now exporting (more) bombs. These are productive members of society, helping to grow our GDP.

samuelrylander on June 1, 2011 at 12:58 PM

“run fingerprint checks on refugees before bringing them to US” No, that would be too much like profiling wouldn’t it, if you did a fingerprint check on all Iragis? Or all Mid East refugees? We couldn’t do that! It would upset the muslims too much.

Oleta on June 1, 2011 at 1:05 PM

I’m sure neither one of these charming young men would resort to violence-especially since both are members of the Religion of Peace.

Who are we kidding? These vile people, treated royally as our guests, plot to maim and kill us and the ONLY reason Muslims haven’t used nukes is because they don’t have them (yet).It’s time we started actively DISCRIMINATING against this false religion if, for no other reason, than to save our own lives and property.

MaiDee on June 1, 2011 at 1:16 PM

As I suggested on FR this is probably a false flag operation. The Holder/Obama Justice Dept greenlighted theses guys immigration status knowing they were bad guys and then set them up to “Prove” that civil investigations of terror ops works.

JimK on June 1, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Lets send them on a canoe trip through Aintry, GA.

“Squeal boy….squeal like a pig….weeeeeee! weeeeeee!”

BobMbx on June 1, 2011 at 1:22 PM

I hate to say it but this was Bush and Condi Rice, they pushed to have these folks come here

georgealbert on June 1, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Good work, Abs.

davidk on June 1, 2011 at 1:28 PM

C’mon, people! Stop being so nativist! We have to welcome the “newcomers”. Dubya said so. And if a lifelong gated community genius like Dubya said it, it must be true.

Django on June 1, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Were they located in a pornographic superstore?

TheQuestion on June 1, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Yes. We need a refugee program for Christians and Jews in those muslim countries where their lives are in danger simply for existing.

slickwillie2001 on June 1, 2011 at 12:45 PM

That would be too realistic and intelligent. No, no, no. We have to import our worst enemies to show how enlightened and open minded we are.

Django on June 1, 2011 at 1:33 PM

The more I think about the fingerprint match, the more curious I get. Did no one think to run fingerprint checks on refugees before bringing them to the US?

Exactly!

And this is how we run our borders as well.

ButterflyDragon on June 1, 2011 at 1:40 PM

The more I think about the fingerprint match, the more curious I get. Did no one think to run fingerprint checks on refugees before bringing them to the US?

There ya go.

Tim_CA on June 1, 2011 at 1:45 PM

“Achmed, I told you we should have worn gloves!”

Ward Cleaver on June 1, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Update: The more I think about the fingerprint match, the more curious I get. Did no one think to run fingerprint checks on refugees before bringing them to the US?

RACIST!

/obligatory

Ward Cleaver on June 1, 2011 at 2:21 PM

State Department and USCIS are solely responsible for any action or inaction taken regarding refugees…it’s their willingness to accept a certain number of refugees based off of guidance from the UN, after all. They know the ‘universe’ transiting to the US.

If you look at the stats for RAP referrals/applications, the number issued to USCIS more than doubled from 2007 to 2008. Yet the number of admissions under this program increased EIGHT-FOLD during the same timeframe. And it’s only gotten WORSE since. How does THAT make any sense, given this ‘issue’ hit their radar in late ’09?

USCIS Fact Sheet – Iraqi Refugee Processing

SIDENOTE: Let’s not confuse them with those who worked faithfully for DoD, at great risk to themselves and family. Those do NOT fall under the Refugee Assistance Program (RAP). They are designated as Special Immigrant Visas (SIV). Different program altogether…DoD nominates them, based on extensive interaction and records held by DoD.

Miss_Anthrope on June 1, 2011 at 2:52 PM

My wife went to high school in Garden Grove CA in the mid 70′s during the Vietnamese refugee exodus. More than once did her school get shut down over the gangs. These kids were bringing machetes to school. This government just doesn’t get it. They make the same mistakes over and over again. And I know Scarface was just a movie, but wasn’t it also based on the same situation with Cuban refugees? And then of course, we have our southern border being over run with the violent criminal element.

csdeven on June 1, 2011 at 3:21 PM

And then of course, we have our southern border being over run with the violent criminal element.

csdeven on June 1, 2011 at 3:21 PM

ahem….you didn’t get the memo, obviously.

Entreprenuers creating jobs; jobs create revenue through taxes and stimulates the economy, and they also have the added benefit of providing a needed service to the drug addicts in the US.”

Don’t ever say “violent criminal element” again.

BobMbx on June 1, 2011 at 3:33 PM

The faces of terrorism and profiling makes sense. This is the image created in the public mind and with good reason. When you get on an airplane and you see a pair of men as pictured above aboard the aircraft you start to think. This kind of suspicion is a thing the Mideast and Islam have created by their own hands. Terrorists are Islamic and that is the present reality. Islam has ‘worked hard’ to earn our suspicion. So very hard. It is not a peaceful religion. This is the truth and no moral equivalency or apologists please. Whether terrorism or the debt or a host of issues, it is time for some plain talk.

Sherman1864 on June 1, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Update: The more I think about the fingerprint match, the more curious I get. Did no one think to run fingerprint checks on refugees before bringing them to the US?

The TF that handles counter IED matters (TF Troy) probably had those fingerprints in their database(s) – I was not aware of any sharing with other parts of the USG, at least when I left Iraq. Obviously we would need to see that happen, no more self inflicted Gorelick walls…

LTC John on June 2, 2011 at 11:13 AM