Will the Islamophobia never end? “Canadian indicted in U.S. for allegedly aiding suicide bomb plot that killed five soldiers,” from Postmedia News, December 9 (thanks to all who sent this in):
An Edmonton man has been charged with aiding in the murder of five American soldiers in a suicide-bomb attack in Iraq in April 2009.
Sayfildin Tahir-Sharif, a Canadian citizen, is accused of providing support to a terrorist organization and conspiring to kill the soldiers.
American authorities are seeking to have him extradited to face the charges in the U.S.
The indictment also charges him with conspiring to kill Americans abroad and providing material support to that terrorist conspiracy to kill Americans abroad.
On April 10, 2009, the five American soldiers were killed when a Tunisian drove a truck full of explosives to the gate of the Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul, Iraq.
The attacker then exchanged fire with Iraqi police officers and an American convoy that was leaving the base, according to the complaint. The truck exploded about 15 metres from the gate, next to the last vehicle in a convoy.
The complaint alleges that one day after the attack, “˜Isa asked an Iraq-based member of the terror network, “Did you hear about the huge incident yesterday? Is it known?”
When the network member replied that he had heard about the attack, “˜Isa allegedly replied: “He was one of the Tunisian brothers.”…
On March 22, 2009, “˜Isa warned a would-be Tunisian suicide bomber not to leave evidence behind, according to the court documents.
“Try to delete everything. I mean everything off your computer. Don’t leave one character of information or anything behind. Don’t leave any of your belongings in the house. Don’t leave any trace.”…
Tahir-Sharif is charged with the murders of Staff Sgt. Gary L. Woods, 24, of Lebanon Junction, Kentucky.; Sgt. First Class Bryan E. Hall, 32, of Elk Grove, California.; Sgt. Edward W. Forrest Jr., 25, of St. Louis, Missouri; Cpl. Jason G. Pautsch, 20, of Davenport, Iowa; and Army Pte. First Class Bryce E. Gaultier, 22, from Cyprus, California.