Judge: Man accused in IED case jailed until trial

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX (AP) -- A Syrian man will be jailed until trial on charges that he supplied components of improvised explosive devices to a jihadist group in Iraq that mounted attacks against the U.S. military, a federal magistrate judge ruled Tuesday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge David Duncan ruled that Ahmed Alahmedalabdaloklah (AL-ah-med-AL-ab-dahl-OK'-lah) should be jailed until trial because he poses a danger to the community and is at risk of fleeing from authorities.

Alahmedalabdaloklah is accused of supplying the insurgency group, the 1920 Revolution Brigades, with IED components that were used against U.S. soldiers in Iraq from 2005 until July 2010. He is suspected of being involved in the research and development of methods for making IEDs.

Defense attorney Deborah Williams declined to a chance to hold a hearing over whether her client should be released. Duncan then made the decision over Alahmedalabdaloklah's detention without holding a hearing.

Alahmedalabdaloklah, wearing glasses and sporting a mustache, sat silent through his minuteslong court appearance Tuesday.

Williams corrected the spelling of her client's name in court. Authorities had previously identified him by one of several aliases.

The FBI said Alahmedalabdaloklah's fingerprints were found on items uncovered during the 2006 discovery of one of the largest IED caches in Iraq. The U.S. government determined that the materials seized were associated with IED attacks in which U.S. forces suffered casualties.

Authorities say several people have tied Alahmedalabdaloklah to the production of IED components, such as a person who told investigators that Alahmedalabdaloklah, after he fled Iraq and moved to China, designed circuit boards used to remotely detonate IEDs and found a factory in China to make the boards.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy to damage U.S. government property with an explosive, possession of a destructive device during a crime of violence, conspiracy to commit extraterritorial murder of a U.S. citizen and providing support to terrorists.

Alahmedalabdaloklah was arrested in Turkey in 2011 after being secretly indicted in Arizona in 2011. He was extradited last month.

The indictment said certain parts in IEDs that were used against the U.S. military in Iraq were manufactured by a company headquartered in Arizona that authorities have declined to identify.

An Oct. 7 trial has been scheduled.

The 1920 Revolution Brigades was active against U.S. forces in Sunni-dominated parts of Iraq until it switched sides in 2007 to join the fight against al-Qaida. The group has claimed responsibility for hundreds of IED attacks in Iraq.

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