A British bombmaker who helped build an IED which killed a US soldier in Iraq has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 38 years.
Anis Abid Sardar, 38, of Llanover Road, Wembley, London , was found guilty of murder and conspiracy to murder at London's Woolwich Crown Court yesterday.
The court heard he, along with an accomplice, built a number of explosives as party of a deadly campaign to kill American troops fighting in the county in 2007.
One of the bombs exploded directly beneath an armoured vehicle, killing 34-year-old Sergeant First Class Randy Johnson, of 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment.
Sardar was finally caught seven years later, after a delicate forensic examination by the FBI's Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Centre discovered his fingerprints on some of the bombs.
His partner has not been found.
A London taxi driver is due to be sentenced today after becoming the first person convicted in a British court for murder during the Iraq War following a "landmark prosecution".
"Highly dangerous" Anis Abid Sardar, 38, built improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as part of a "deadly" campaign to kill Americans fighting in the country in 2007.
In what is believed to be a legal first, he was convicted yesterday at London's Woolwich Crown Court of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
One of the IEDs caused the death of 34-year-old Sergeant First Class Randy Johnson, of 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, when it hit the armoured vehicle he was travelling in on September 27, 2007.
A London taxi driver has become the first person to be convicted, in a British court, of murder during the Iraq War.
The fingerprints of bomb maker Anis Sardar were found on roadside devices - intended to blow up American soldiers. One US Army sergeant was killed by such a device in 2007.
From Sardar's home in Wembley, ITV News Correspondent Juliet Bremner reports.
"Highly dangerous" black cab driver Anis Abid Sardar, 38, from Wembley in north-west London, built improvised explosive devices as part of a "deadly" campaign to kill Americans fighting in the Middle Eastern country in 2007, a court has found.
In what is believed to be a legal first, he was convicted today at London's Woolwich Crown Court of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
One of the lethal contraptions caused the death of 34 year-old Sergeant First Class Randy Johnson, of 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment when it hit the armoured vehicle he was travelling in on September 27 2007.
Sardar was snared some seven years later after officials at the FBI's Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Centre found his fingerprints on some of the bombs.
A British minicab driver has been found guilty of making roadside bombs, one of which killed a US soldier in Iraq.
Anis Abid Sardar, 38, was convicted of the murder of Sergeant first class Randy Johnson in September 2007.
Sergeant Randy died instantly when a device exploded under his armoured vehicle.
Three further bombs which had been planted on the same stretch were recovered and safely detonated.
Sardar, of Wembley, north west London, will be sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court tomorrow.
A White House official has said that the US-led coalition will support the multisectarian ground force in Iraq in its effort to take back the city of Ramadi from Islamic State fighters.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said it is important for the force to have control and be in command of Iraq.
Thousands of Iraqis have streamed out of the city of Ramadi - from the self styled Islamic State forces who took control yesterday.
Among the refugees, the patients of what is now a deserted hospital. Islamic State territory in Syria and Iraq has, since yesterday, been extended to include Ramadi which is just eighty miles to the west of Baghdad, Iraq's capital. It was the biggest defeat for Iraq's army since last summer. Once again the group used little children as propaganda in victory parades.
The United Nations has said that close to 25,000 people have fled the Iraqi city of Ramadi after an Islamic state attack. Funds to help them were running out and aid stocks were almost gone, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Iraq said.
Some 3,000 Shi'ite militia fighters have arrived at a military base near Ramadi as Baghdad moved to retake the western Iraqi city that fell to Islamic State militants at the weekend in the biggest defeat for the government since mid-2014.
Earlier Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Islamic State's gains in Ramadi were setback for Iraqi security forces, but such setbacks were "regrettable but not uncommon in warfare".
"Much effort will now be required to reclaim the city," he added.
A video that has been posted online by Islamic State shows its flags flying and smoke drifting over the Iraqi city of Ramadi after being taken by the militants.
Iran is ready to help confront Islamic State militants who have taken control of the Iraqi city of Ramadi, a senior Iranian official said.
The comments came as Iran-backed Shia fighters were ordered to prepare to retake the city.
Ali Akbar Velayati, an advisor to Iran's supreme leader, said he was certain the city would be "liberated".
"If the Iraqi government officially asks the Islamic Republic of Iran ... to carry out any step that helps Iraq to confront (them)... then the Islamic Republic of Iran will meet this call," he told Reuters.