Muslim immigrant gets plea deal for supporting jihadists who killed 5 U.S. soldiers

Source: Canadian man pleads guilty to US terror charges – ABC News

A Canadian man pleaded guilty Tuesday to U.S. charges that he sent money and provided long-distance support to Tunisian jihadists believed responsible for a 2009 suicide attack in Iraq that killed five American soldiers. The deal could spare him a term of life behind bars.

Faruq Khalil Muhammad ‘Isa entered the plea in federal court in Brooklyn for a murder conspiracy charge that carried a maximum life sentence. He instead faces a 26-year prison term followed by deportation as part of the deal that a judge still must sign off on.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Baldwin told the judge that prosecutors met in person with the families of each of the victims before agreeing to a sentence the government believes “will serve to punish (the defendant) and deter others, while also requiring the defendant to admit his participation in these heinous acts.”

Defense attorney Mildred Whalen said in a statement: “We are mindful of how difficult this case is for so many, but think that the proposed plea agreement would be an appropriate resolution of the case.”

Muhammad ‘Isa, 50, is a Canadian citizen and Iraqi national who was arrested in 2011 on a U.S. warrant after an investigation by authorities in New York, Canada and Tunisia. He was held in Edmonton, Alberta, until he lost an extradition fight in 2015.

An extradition request cited wiretap evidence and an interview of Muhammad ‘Isa that U.S. authorities claim linked him to the terror network that used a suicide bomber to detonate an explosives-laden truck outside the gate of the U.S. base in Mosul, Iraq, on April 10, 2009, killing the soldiers.

During the interview, Muhammad ‘Isa admitted he corresponded by email with two of the jihadists while they were in Syria, and that they were on a mission to kill Americans, the paperwork said. The documents allege he corresponded with “facilitators” who were trying to get the attackers into Iraq, and wired one of them $700.

U.S. authorities alleged that the day after the attack on the U.S. base, Muhammad ‘Isa asked in an electronic communication, “Did you hear about the huge incident yesterday? Is it known?” He also identified the bomber as “one of the Tunisian brothers,” to which a facilitator responded, “Praise God.”

Muhammad ‘Isa told investigators in the interview that by “huge incident” he meant an explosion, the papers said.

No sentencing date was set.


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The truck blew up alongside the last vehicle in the U.S. convoy and left a 60-foot crater in the ground, prosecutors said. Five American soldiers were killed – 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 Pfc. Bryce E. Gaultier, 22 of Cyprus, California, prosecutors said.

United States complaint against Faruq Khalil Muhammad ‘Isa Download this file (.pdf)

7 thoughts on “Muslim immigrant gets plea deal for supporting jihadists who killed 5 U.S. soldiers

  1. He’s Islam, we’re Kafirs, I don’t believe he can change, he needs permanently institutionalized.

  2. Dawa Hilton for life, decent folks buy him hugely expensive accommodations while he brings purpose to the lives of the criminally adept. Gee we’ve got a deadly pathogen, let’s culture it and spread the poison!

    • More truth than you may realize. I say cut a deal with N Korea. Send his butt over there and see how long he lasts. I say, less than 2 months.

  3. If he’s a Muslim terrorist then he isn’t a Canadian because devout jihadists will not pledge allegiance to any country, especially in dar al Harb.

    • Our dear neighbor to the North will not extradite even American criminals who face the death penalty. So we bow to their Lilly Livered wishes. But no deal needed be struck with this coward to con vict him. He admitted to his crimes. And he should be sentenced to 1,000 years in prison, sharing a cell with a herd of pigs.

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