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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Federal authorities in Phoenix have arrested a man believed to be the leader of an Al-Qaeda terrorist group in Iraq for his alleged role in the murder of two Iraqi police officers.

Phoenix-area resident Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri, 42, was arrested Thursday after an Iraqi court issued a warrant for his arrest. After his arrest, Ahmed appeared before a federal magistrate judge in Phoenix in connection with proceedings to extradite him to the Republic of Iraq. It's unclear how long Al-Nouri had lived in Arizona or what he did in the state.

Ahmed allegedly served as the leader of a group of Al-Qaeda terrorists in Al-Fallujah, Iraq, which planned operations targeting Iraqi police. In 2006, Ahmed and other members of the Al-Qaeda group allegedly shot and killed a first lieutenant and an officer in the Fallujah Police Directorate.

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.


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