Canadian man indicted in Iraq suicide bombing

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Posted: Dec 09, 2011 6:34 PM
Canadian man indicted in Iraq suicide bombing

By Jessica Dye

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Canadian citizen was indicted on Friday for aiding in a 2009 suicide-bomb attack that prosecutors say killed five U.S. soldiers near an American military base in Iraq.

Faruq Khalil Muhammed 'Isa, 38, who is an Iraqi national, was arrested and detained in Canada in January 2011, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn said.

According to a federal grand jury indictment returned on Friday, Isa helped arrange for four unnamed co-conspirators to travel from Tunisia to Iraq in March 2009 to carry out a suicide-bomb attack near the fence of the U.S. Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul, Iraq.

The attack killed five U.S. soldiers: Staff Sergeant Gary Woods of Kentucky, Sergeant First Class Bryan Hall of California, Sergeant Edward Forrest Jr. of Missouri, Corporal Jason Pautsch of Iowa and Army Private First Class Bryce Gaultier of California, prosecutors said.

'Isa is charged with the murder of all five soldiers, as well as conspiring to kill Americans abroad and providing material support to that conspiracy.

After the attack, 'Isa continued to plot to kill Americans and Iraqi police, according to the indictment. In May 2010 'Isa told his sister, who lived in Iraq, "Go learn about weapons and go attack the police and Americans. Let it be that you die," according to the indictment.

An extradition hearing is scheduled for January 30, according to federal prosecutors. If convicted, 'Isa faces up to life in prison.

The case is U.S. v. 'Isa, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

For the U.S.: Assistant U.S. attorneys Zainab Ahmad, Carter Burwell and Berit Berger; and Mary Futcher and Stephen Ponticello of the Counterrorism Section of the U.S. Department of Justice National Security Division.

(Reporting by Jessica Dye; Editing by Edith Honan)