Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri, Al-Qaeda Leader Arrested
Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri, 42, was arrested Thursday in Phoenix, Arizona on charges that he killed two Iraqi police officers in 2006. The complaint and request for extradition was sent to US prosecutors by Iraqi officials, who claimed Al-Nouri is an Al-Qaeda leader. He appeared before a US Magistrate on Friday, and is expected to be extradited to Iraq. THIS is why extreme vetting of any persons from certain countries is important.
The US DOJ press release reads, in part:
“An Iraqi judge issued a warrant for the arrest of Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri, 42, on murder charges. The Government of Iraq subsequently requested Ahmed’s extradition from the United States. In accordance with its treaty obligations to Iraq, the United States filed a complaint in Phoenix seeking a warrant for Ahmed’s arrest based on the extradition request. U.S. Magistrate Judge John Z. Boyle issued the warrant on January 29, 2020, and Ahmed was arrested the following day.
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. 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 details contained in the complaint are allegations and have not yet been proven in court. 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.”
The United States requested a warrant for his arrest because Iraq judges issued a warrant for premeditated murder. The US has treaty obligations with Iraq. It is unknown at this time whether Al-Nouri will fight extradition or whether he has an attorney.
So the real question is, how did an Al-Qaeda leader get into the United States in the first place, and why wasn’t he vetted? No information on how long Al-Nouri lived in Arizona, when he arrived, or what he was doing while living there was released. But it does beg the question: how does a known Iraqi leader of a foreign terrorist organization end up in Arizona?