An Al-Qaeda Terrorist Was Arrested In Arizona—So, How Did He Get Here?

An Al-Qaeda terrorist was arrested in Arizona and no one is saying how he got into the United States.

A Phoenix-area resident, who is alleged to have been the leader of a group of Al-Qaeda terrorists in Al-Fallujah, Iraq, appeared on Friday before a federal magistrate judge in Phoenix, Arizona in connection with proceedings to extradite him to the Republic of Iraq, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

He is wanted to stand trial in Iraq for two charges of premeditated murder committed in 2006 in Al-Fallujah, states the DOJ.

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.

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.

While it is good that the terrorist was caught, it is bad that he was in the United States and a “Phoenix-area resident.”

Additionally, his mere residency in the U.S. raises a number of disturbing questions that the authorities, so far, are not answering, like:

  1. How long has he been in the United States?
  2. How did he get here?
  3. Did he travel by air into the U.S. directly?
  4. Or, did he travel to either Canada or Mexico and then cross the border by land?

Hopefully, America will get these answers…soon.

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