Iraqi arrested in Kentucky admits to trying to send weapons to al-Qaida

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - An Iraqi man who had professed his innocence to 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 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 attempting to provide material support to terrorists.

Alwan was arrested in May in Bowling Green and 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.

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