Syrian charged in plot against troops is now in US

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX (AP) -- A Syrian man has been extradited to Arizona to face charges of conspiring to use improvised explosive devices against U.S. forces in Iraq.

The FBI says Ahmad Ibrahim al-Ahmad appeared in federal court in Phoenix on Thursday after being extradited from Turkey a day earlier.

Authorities say al-Ahmad was originally arrested in Turkey in 2011 after being secretly indicted in Arizona.

He's accused of conspiring between 2005 and 2010 to supply bomb components to an Iraqi insurgency group for use against U.S. military personnel.

Court records in the case remained sealed Thursday, and FBI spokesman Daniel Musser says he can't say why the case is being prosecuted in Arizona.

Musser also says he doesn't know whether al-Ahmad has an attorney who could be reached for comment.

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