Phoenix, AZ – An alleged Al-Qaida terrorist leader was arrested in Phoenix on Thursday for the murders of two Iraqi police officers.
U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) officials confirmed that 42-year-old Phoenix resident Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri was arrested on Jan. 30 and held on an extradition request from the government of Iraq, the Arizona Republic reported.
He was taken before a magistrate Jan. 31 to begin extradition proceedings, ABC News reported.
Iraqi officials told the U.S. government that Al-Nouri was the leader of a group of Al-Qaida terrorists in Al-Fallujah that planned operations targeting the Iraqi police, the Arizona Republic reported.
The information statement the Iraqi government provided to the DoJ requesting extradition said that Al-Nouri and other Al-Qaida members fatally shot a Fallujah Police Directorate first lieutenant on about June 1, 2006 and killed a police officer on about Oct. 3, 2006, ABC News reported.
An Iraqi judge initially issued a warrant for Al-Nouri’s arrest, the Arizona Republic explained.
Then the Iraqi government requested help from the U.S. government to arrest and extradite the alleged cop killer.
On Wednesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge John Z. Boy issued a warrant for Al-Nouri’s arrest, the Arizona Republic reported.
Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Homeland Security Investigations, and the U.S. Marshals Service coordinated to take Al-Nouri into custody on Thursday.
The extradition case is being managed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Arizona and the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs, according to the Arizona Republic.
A U.S. Court must approve Al-Nouri’s extradition and then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo must bless the move before law enforcement will surrender the known terrorist to Iraq, Sky News reported.
No information has been released on how Al-Nouri entered the United States, how long he had been living in Arizona, or how he made his income, ABC New reported.