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Alleged Al-Qaeda terrorist leader arrested in Phoenix for murder of Iraqi police officers

Posted at 5:17 PM, Jan 31, 2020

PHOENIX — A man believed to have been the leader of a group of Al-Qaeda terrorists in Al-Fallujah, Iraq was arrested yesterday in Phoenix, accused of murdering two Iraqi police officers.

The United States Department of Justice says Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri, 42, was arrested in the Phoenix area recently and efforts are being made to extradite him to the Republic of Iraq.

Al-Nouri is wanted to stand trial in Iraq for two charges of premeditated murder committed in 2006 in Al-Fallujah, according to a release.

According to the Government of Iraq, “Ahmed served as the leader of a group of Al-Qaeda terrorists in Al-Fallujah, Iraq, which planned operations targeting Iraqi police.”

Ahmed and other members of the Al-Qaeda group are accused of killing a first lieutenant and also an officer from the Fallujah Police Directorate in 2006.

According to the Department of Justice, “Ahmed’s arrest was executed by the FBI Phoenix Field Office, HSI Phoenix Field Office and the U.S. Marshals Service. The extradition case will be handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona and the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs.”