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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WKYT) - For the first time, the world is getting a look at the evidence in the case of two terrorists who were arrested living in Kentucky.

The pictures and video from the FBI show 32-year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan with heavy machinery in a storage facility in Bowling Green more than two years ago. Alwan and 25-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi were working with a FBI informant when they had thought the weapons would be sent to insurgents in Iraq.

Both were arrested in May 2011 in Bowling Green after a sting operation.

Hammadi and Alwan pleaded guilty in 2011 and 2012 to conspiring to ship thousands in cash, machine guns, rifles, grenades and shoulder-fired missiles to al-Qaida in Iraq in 2010 and 2011.

The FBI said that Alwan also spoke of setting roadside explosives in Iraq from 2003 through 2006 and that investigators found his fingerprints on an unexploded bomb.

"Two, what should have been known terrorists, were able to make it through a screening process at the State Department level to make it into the United States," said Bowling Green Police Chief Doug Hawkins who believes the system failed by allowing the men to slip through the cracks.

"The question is, did that system fail more than the two times that we know of, and are there other people in other parts of the country through similar resettlement programs that have made it into our country? I think the simple answer is 'Nobody knows the answer to the question,'" said Chief Hawkins.

Alwan received a 40-year sentence in January. Hammadi is in a maximum-security prison in Colorado where he's serving his 40-year sentence.

Judges from the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati heard arguments Tuesday in the case of Hammadi, who claims his prison sentence should be reduced.

Prosecutors opposed any reduction.


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