Two Iraqis jailed for life for UN bombing, French kidnap

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A court sentenced two Iraqis to life in jail on Wednesday for taking part in the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad and the kidnap of two French journalists a year later.

The two men, who were identified only by the initials R. A. A. and M. A. A., confessed to being members of the Islamic Army, a Sunni militant group, and taking part in the bombing of the United Nations headquarters in August 2003, the court said.

"They were sentenced ... after they confessed to belonging to the Islamic Army and carrying out terrorist activity," said a statement from the Supreme Judicial Council, which administers judicial affairs in Iraq.

"This is an initial sentence, subject to appeal."

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