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    The US Department of Justice announced that former Russian army tank commander Irek Ilgiz Hamidullin was sentenced to life in prison and 30 more years for leading a Taliban group to attack US and Afghan soldiers.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Former Russian army tank commander Irek Ilgiz Hamidullin was sentenced to life in prison and 30 more years for leading a Taliban group to attack US and Afghan soldiers, the US Department of Justice announced in a statement following the verdict.

    "Irek Hamidullin has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in orchestrating and conducting a violent attack on Afghan and US forces in Afghanistan in 2009, and conspiring to kill members of the US military," Assistant Attorney General Carlin said in a statement on Thursday.

    Hamidullin’s sentence comes after a federal jury convicted him in August and found him guilty of all 15 terrorism-related counts, after he led a group of fighters in an attack approved by the Taliban on a post in Afghanistan in 2009.

    According to the Justice Department, Hamidullin had planned the attack for months and acquired weapons including IED’s, heavy machine guns and should-fired rockets which were intended to shoot down a US helicopter.

    Hamidullin reportedly joined the Taliban in 2001 and by 2009 had commanded a group of insurgents operating in Afghanistan, the Justice Department said.

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