U.S. authorities arrested an alleged leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq at a driving school he managed in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday.
The capture of Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri, 42, came following an extradition request by the Iraqi government, who want to prosecute him for the murder of two Iraqi police officers 13 years ago.
An Iraqi judge issued a warrant for his arrest on May 12, 2019.
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U.S. attorney for Arizona Michael Bailey and Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the Justice Department Brian A. Benczkowski said in a statement that while the U.S. would cooperate with Iraq’s extradition request pertaining to Ahmed, the charges against him had not yet been proven in court.
Bailey and Benczkowski did not specify how or when Ahmed was able to enter the U.S. The Arizona Republic reported that Ahmed ran the A-Plus Driving School in Phoenix.
U.S. troops fought a protracted battle to seize the city of Fallujah from al-Qaeda terrorists in the wake of the American invasion of Iraq. 82 American troops were killed and 600 wounded in the fight to take the city, from November 7 to December 24, 2004.
Ahmed’s cell reportedly operated out of Fallujah, which besides suffering high levels of terrorist activity also endured sectarian violence following the 2003 U.S. invasion.