A suspected terrorist with possible ties to the death of a Davenport soldier has lost another appeal as he fights extradition from Canada to the United States.
An appeals court in the province of Alberta ruled this week that Faruq Khalil Muhammad Isa, 41, should be extradited to face charges that he helped plan the suicide bombing of five American troops in Iraq, including Cpl. Jason Pautsch, 20, of Davenport.
Isa can try now to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, which is similar to the high court in the U.S. in that it decides which cases to hear. If he loses in the final step of the process, he likely would be incarcerated at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility in New York City, said Zugiel Soto, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York.
She said the U.S. Attorney's Office has been ready to proceed to trial since charging Isa in 2011.
An Iraq-born Canadian citizen, Isa also is known as Sayfildin Tahir Sharif.
The Joint Terrorism Task Force and U.S. Attorney accuse Isa of helping a Tunisian man enter Iraq in 2009, whereupon the man detonated a truck filled with explosives at a military checkpoint in Mosul. As a "facilitator," Isa is accused of helping move prospective suicide bombers closer to their American targets.
The plot laid out by prosecutors was complex: Isa, an ethnic Kurd, was using his network of co-conspirators to get Tunisian religious warriors across the Syrian border and into Iraq to murder U.S. nationals.
A grand jury indicted him on charges that he conspired to kill Pautsch and four of his fellow American soldiers: Staff Sgt. Gary L. Woods, 24, of Lebanon Junction, Ky.; Sgt. 1st Class Bryan E. Hall, 32, of Elk Grove, Calif.; Sgt. Edward Forrest Jr., 25, of St. Louis; and Pfc. Bryce E. Gaultier, 22, of Cyprus, Calif.
Among other evidence, U.S. prosecutors said, are wiretap discussions from the day after the bombing in which Isa identified the deceased bomber by name.
Canada's justice minister granted extradition last summer after receiving assurances that Sharif would not face the death penalty if convicted in a U.S. court. Isa was appealing the justice minister's decision as well as a judge's original 2012 ruling that there was enough evidence to extradite Isa.