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Syrian-Born US Citizen Sentenced for Sending Military Gear to Insurgents

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FILE - The Department of Justice headquarters building in Washington.

FILE - The Department of Justice headquarters building in Washington.

A Syrian-born U.S. citizen was sentenced Friday to more than two years in jail for handing over military equipment to Syrian extremists fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

Amin al-Baroudi, formerly of Irvine, California, pleaded guilty in January to charges of violating U.S. sanctions against exporting American-made goods to Syria.

A federal court in Washington gave him a 32-month prison sentence.

Baroudi admitted he and his co-conspirators bought tens of thousands of dollars' worth of tactical military equipment — including sniper rifle scopes, night vision goggles and bulletproof vests — between December 2011 and March 2013.

They flew the goods on commercial flights to Turkey and sent them to the insurgents in Syria who want to overthrow the Syrian government and replace it with an Islamic regime.

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