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11:49 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Prosecutor: Iraqi Charged in Kentucky Targeted Army Captain with Bomb

A federal prosecutor says an Iraqi man who was arrested in Kentucky targeted a U.S. Army captain with a bomb during an insurgent attack because his group "despised" the military officer and knew the attack was going to take place. U.S. Justice Department attorney Larry Schneider on Tuesday told U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell that 24-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi was involved in the attack on the unnamed captain after the American-led invasion of Iraq.

Schneider's comments came during a pre-trial hearing in U.S. District Court in Louisville.

Hammadi is charged with trying to send weapons and cash back to al-Qaida in Iraq after he came to the United States and conspiring to kill U.S. nationals in that country. The trial is scheduled to begin August 28th in Bowling Green.