Syrian man appeals Arizona convictions for making bomb component
PHOENIX — A Syrian man is appealing appeal his federal conspiracy convictions in Arizona for making circuit boards that were used to remotely detonate roadside bombs in attacks against U.S. soldiers during the Iraq War.
Lawyers for Ahmed Alahmedalabdaloklah (AL-ah-med-AL-ab-dahl-OK'-lah) filed a notice of appeal after he was sentenced this week to life in prison.
Prosecutors say Alahmedalabdaloklah made circuit boards for a group that claimed responsibility for 230 attacks against American soldiers in Iraq.
The case stemmed from a raid at a Baghdad apartment where bomb-making materials were discovered, though no explosives were found. Prosecutors say his fingerprints were found on items in the apartment.
The trial was held in Phoenix because authorities say Alahmedalabdaloklah got components for a wireless initiation system used in the IEDs from an Arizona-based company.