U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) officials confirmed on Thursday, Jan. 30, that Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri, a known terrorist leader in Phoenix was arrested for the murder of two Iraqi police officers.

The Iraqi government requested help from the U.S. government to arrest Al-Nouri, 42, a Phoenix resident and leader of a group of al-Qaeda terrorists in Al-Fallujah that planned operations targeting the Iraqi police, the Arizona Republic reported

Iraqi officials told the DOJ that Al-Nouri and other al-Qaeda members fatally shot a Fallujah Police Directorate first lieutenant on about June 1, 2006, and killed a police officer around Oct. 3, 2006, ABC News reported.

On Wednesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge John Z. Boy issued a warrant for Al-Nouri’s arrest. Members of the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, and the U.S. Marshals Service then coordinated to take the murderer into custody. 

After being arrested, he was held on an extradition request from the government of Iraq. On Jan. 31, he was taken before a magistrate to begin extradition proceedings. 

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.

It’s still unknown how Al-Nouri entered the United States, how long he had been living in Arizona, or how he made his income.

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