News Alert: Alleged Al Qaeda Leader Found In Arizona, Here's What We Know
Reports are rolling in that an alleged Al Qaeda leader was arrested in Phoenix Arizona on murder charges. I guess he was trying to hide in the US, an obvious mistake but luckily authorities have apprehended him.
According to The Epoch Times, Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri, 42, was apprehended by officials on Jan. 29 and faces extradition to Iraq after a judge issued a warrant for his arrest following two charges of premeditated murder committed in 2006 in Al-Fallujah, in the Al Anbar province.
“According to the information provided by the Government of Iraq in support of its extradition request, Ahmed served as the leader of a group of Al-Qaeda terrorists in Al-Fallujah, Iraq, which planned operations targeting Iraqi police,” the department said.
“Ahmed and other members of the Al-Qaeda group allegedly shot and killed a first lieutenant in the Fallujah Police Directorate and a police officer in the Fallujah Police Directorate, on or about June 1, 2006, and October 3, 2006, respectively.”
The DOJ added that if Al-Nouri’s extradition is granted by the court, the decision of whether to surrender him to Iraq will be made by the U.S. Secretary of State and the 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.
His arrest follows the Trump administration targeted strike on Al Qaeda leader Qassim al-Rimi. Al-Rimi had made repeated threats against the United States and paid for them dearly.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, if Ahmed’s extradition is certified by the court, the decision of whether to surrender him to Iraq will be made by the U.S. Secretary of State. It is not yet clear when Ahmed's extradition will be fully processed and he will be returned to Iraq.