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Ex-Russian soldier convicted of terror-related charges in attack on US forces to be sentenced

A former Russian military tank commander convicted of leading a Taliban attack on U.S. forces in Afghanistan is set to be sentenced.

Sentencing for Irek Hamidullin is scheduled Thursday at the federal court in Richmond.

The 55-year-old Hamidullin was found guilty in August on 15 counts, including providing material support to terrorism, attempting to destroy U.S. aircraft and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Prosecutors are asking for a life sentence. Hamidullin's attorney wants the judge to grant a sentence of 30 years with a term of supervised release.

The case was unique from others that have been tried in the U.S. involving terror suspects because Hamidullin was a combatant captured on the battlefield and not a financier, recruiter or schemer arrested outside the theater of war.