LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has called for two Iraqis facing terrorism-related charges in Kentucky to be sent to the prison at Guantanamo Bay rather than allow them to face trial in a civilian court.
McConnell, in a speech Tuesday on the Senate floor in Washington, D.C., called 30-year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan and 23-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi "foreign fighters" subject to the same system as people caught on a battlefield.
Alwan and Hammadi are charged in a 23-count indictment with conspiring to send weapons and money to Al-Qaida in Iraq. Alwan is also charged with attacking American soldiers in Iraq.
Hammadi's attorney, Jim Earhart, said both men were legally in the country and should be afforded the same rights as anyone else legally in the United States.
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