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Iraqi national changes plea in Kentucky, admits trying to send weapons, cash to al-Qaida
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) ' An Iraqi man who had claimed he was innocent of terrorism-related charges has made an abrupt about-face, pleading guilty to trying to funnel weapons and cash to al-Qaida operatives in his home country.
On Friday, 30-year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan (wah-AHD' RAH'-mah-don AL'-wahn) appeared in federal court in the south-central Kentucky college town of Bowling Green to plead guilty to conspiring to attack American soldiers in Iraq and to use a weapon of mass destruction and to attempting to provide material support to terrorists.
Alwan was arrested in May in Bowling Green. He had previously pleaded not guilty to charges in a 23-count indictment that also named fellow Iraqi Mohanad Shareef Hammadi.
Alwan's attorney declined comment after the hearing.