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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 April 2019

Iraqi accused of killing US soldiers charged in Germany

The man has been charged alongside two other Iraqis on suspicion of fighting for ISIS

The town of Rutba was retaken by Iraqi government forces from ISIS in 2016. AFP
The town of Rutba was retaken by Iraqi government forces from ISIS in 2016. AFP

German authorities have charged three Iraqi men with membership in a terrorist organisation on allegations they fought for ISIS in their home country, including one suspected of attacks that killed American soldiers.

Federal prosecutors said on Monday Mohammed Rafea Yassen Y, whose last name wasn't given for privacy reasons, joined ISIS in his hometown of Rutba.

Rutba in western Iraq was liberated from ISIS forces in 2016.

The 28-year-old is accused of 13 bomb attacks in the city from 2006-2008, causing death and injuries to "US forces, the Iraqi army, local police and civilians." He also faces war crimes and accessory to murder charges.

Muqatil Ahmed Osman A, 29, and Hasan Sabbar Khazaal K, 27, are both suspected of fighting for ISIS.

They came to Germany in 2015 and have been in custody since they were arrested last summer.

Updated: March 18, 2019 06:47 PM

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