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The U.S. military has identified a prisoner they say was a “technology expert, advisor and supplier” to insurgents and al-Qaida in Iraq operatives in Baghdad.

Uthman Faruq Muhammad Abd-al-Hamid, known as Abu Ibrahim, was captured on Oct. 31, officials said Sunday. While there was no explanation offered on why the detention was made public Sunday, intelligence agencies sometimes keep prisoner’s identities secret while tracking the prisoners’ associates.

According to U.S. officials, Abu Ibrahim was a computer store owner, programmer and part owner of an engineering firm. He allegedly admitted to supplying trigger devices for makeshift bombs, hand-held radios, cell phones, computers, software and video and editing equipment.

The computers and editing equipment were used, in part, to make false identifications and weapons permits, officials said.


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