Briefs: Insurgent sentenced to death by Iraq court
May 10, 2007
The Central Criminal Court of Iraq, where U.S. troops often are called to testify against those they arrest, announced 33 more convictions, including one death-penalty case involving attacks on U.S. troops in Ramadi.
According to U.S. military officials, the Algerian man sentenced to death was captured Aug. 24, 2006, near Ramadi. He was convicted of belonging to the Jaysh al-Islam terrorist group and of carrying out attacks against troops.
“The individual admitted to conducting an attack against an American convoy and personally shooting down an American helicopter. He also admitted to participating in an attack against U.S. Marines around Haditha, Iraq, where his group killed seven Marines, and kidnapped a hostage, who was later killed,” a news release read.
A second man was sentenced to life in prison for financing a 10-man insurgent group that planted roadside bombs.
Twenty-one others were convicted of illegal weapons possession.
Since its establishment in April 2004, the Baghdad court has had 2,115 trials resulting in 1,821 convictions.
Balad air wing leader tapped for post in Va.An air wing commander stationed in Balad, Iraq, has been nominated to a post at the Air Combat Command in Virginia, Pentagon officials said Wednesday.
Brig. Gen. Robin Rand, commander of the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Balad Air Base, has been tabbed to become special assistant to the commander of Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base, Va.
Rand’s airmen and pilots are responsible for much of the air support for American and other troops on the ground in Iraq.
Among previous commands, he led the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea.