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Syrian-Born US Citizen Sentenced for Sending Gear to Obama's Favorite Islamist Radicals

Only US Presidents, the CIA are allowed to violate the Syria arms embargo in this way


ALEXANDRIA, Va.: A Syrian-born U.S. citizen has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for smuggling rifle scopes, night-vision goggles and other gear to Syrian militant groups.

Fifty-year-old Amin al-Baroudi of Irvine, California, was sentenced to 32 months Friday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. He pleaded guilty in January to violating U.S. sanctions in Syria by supplying an insurgent group called Ahrar al-Sham, which frequently fights alongside the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, Nusra Front.

Al-Baroudi apologized in court. His defense sought probation, arguing al-Baroudi is a survivor of then-Syrian President Hafez Assad's 1982 massacre of civilians in Hama and was motivated by a heartfelt desire to help Syrians shake off Bashar Assad's government.

Prosecutors say al-Baroudi may have wanted to help, but sending weapons into a war zone is the wrong method.


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