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US Charges Man with Conspiracy to Kill Americans

US Terror Attack Generic : Terrorism, al-Qaida terrorist over flag of US, with target sighting.
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WASHINGTON - A man has been arrested in Canada and accused of conspiring to kill Americans abroad and of supporting a terrorist network in Iraq responsible for the deaths of five American soldiers.

The Justice Department says Faruq Khalil Muhammad 'Isa, 38, is accused of supporting the group that drove a truck laden with explosives to the gate of the U.S. Military's Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul, Iraq. The Tunisian jihadist driving the truck was alongside the last vehicle in a U.S. convoy when the explosives went off.

In a press release, the U.S. Dept. of Justice said the United States will seek the defendant's extradition to face the charges.

The press release further states that "[t]he jihadist exchanged fire with Iraqi police officers and then the American convoy that was exiting the base. The truck detonated approximately 50 yards from the gate, alongside the last vehicle in the U.S. convoy, leaving a 60-foot crater in the ground."

The Dept. of Justice also alleges that 'Isa is responsible for a suicide bombing attack on an Iraqi police station on March 31, 2009, in which at least seven people, all Iraqis, were killed, according to the press release.

If convicted, 'Isa would face a maximum sentence of life in prison.