Iraqi court sentences two al-Qaeda leaders to death

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The Baghdad criminal court on Thursday (December 6th) sentenced two al-Qaeda leaders to death. The two leaders confessed to their involvement in terrorist operations that killed or wounded hundreds of citizens, officials told Mawtani.

"The death sentences against two al-Qaeda leaders were issued after evidence [was given] and witnesses testified," said Muwafaq Ali Zaalan, representative to the public prosecution at the Baghdad criminal court in al-Rasafa. "After that, the defendants collapsed at the court and confessed to a number of crimes."

The convicts' crimes include targeting a wedding in 2009 and killing about 60 people using a car bomb and an improvised explosive device (IED), west of Baghdad, in the same year, he said.

Zaalan said the sentence can be appealed within 30 days of the date it was issued.

The names of the two convicted terrorists will be released after the sentence is finalised, he added.

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    محمود عبد الهادي

    2012-12-8

    I offer my congratulations to the Iraqi forces who managed in a short time of training to resist the violent actions in Iraq. These forces benefited a lot from the American forces who were in Iraq and conducted their training. They proved that they are more capable than the American forces in preserving security and stability in the country and eliminating terrorism.