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Imprisoned Iraqi defends insurgent activities

Updated Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 | 7:54 a.m.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An Iraqi man convicted of trying to ship arms and cash to Al-Qaida in Iraq says he is not a terrorist.

Instead, Waad Ramandan Alwan says in a letter to The Associated Press that he considers himself a resistance fighter.

Alwan is in a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., serving a 40-year-prison sentence after pleading guilty to taking part in a plot to ship thousands of dollars in cash and weapons from Kentucky to al-Qaida in Iraq in 2010 and 2011.

Prosecutors said Alwan worked with the Mujahidin Shura Council, a group that claimed responsibility for the deaths of three soldiers from the Fort Campbell-based 101st Airborne Division while they were patrolling about 60 miles south of Baghdad in June 2006.

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