The fingerprints of Anis Sardar were found on two bombs that had been found buried underneath the roads leading west out of Baghdad, Max Hill a prosecutor said during the trial’s opening arguments on Tuesday. One of the two bombs detonated back in September of 2007 killing Randy Johnson a U.S. Sgt. 1st Class.
Sardar was one of the guilty participants in this trade of making the deadly bombs large enough they could and did cause substantial damage to the heavily armored military vehicles of the U.S., killing Johnson as well, said Hill.
In Iraq, unrest escalated after the invasion that the U.S. led ousting Saddam Hussein, with sectarian differences erupting into a civil war back in 2006.
To cut down on the violence and defeat the al-Qaeda, the U.S. increased its troop count in 20007 and funded and organized Sunni tribes into a fighting force. The U.S. suffered the most casualties during that year with more than 900 soldiers being killed.
Sardar, who is 38 and a citizen of the UK, can be tried for murder even though the alleged crime took place in Iraq, said Hill. Prosecutors say the bombs he built were assembled in Syria during 2007.
Sajjad Adnan was arrested following the bombings. He was given to authorities in Iraq. He has been accused of the same offenses but it is unknown where he is.
Hill said the trial was unusual in that nearly all the evidence is from Iraq. Sardar has been accused of conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to create explosions and murder, but denies every charge. He says he had been in Syria to learn to speak Arabic.
Two unexploded devices on the roadside were recovered successfully following a firefight, which did not have any fatalities to other soldiers from the U.S.
The bombs are detonated when applied with pressure to a special plate that is hidden just below the surface. They were found between Abu Ghraib prison and Baghdad along the road, said prosecutors.
One bomb contained more than 60 pounds of explosives.