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Extradition Hearing Delayed For Man Charged In Iraqi Killings

The Arizona State Prison in Florence.
Associated Press
The Arizona State Prison in Florence.

A judge has postponed the extradition hearing for a suburban Phoenix man charged with participating in the 2006 killings of two police officers in Iraq.

The hearing for Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri, an Iraqi native who came to the United States as a refugee in 2009 and has since become a U.S. citizen, has been moved to May 25.

Ahmed is accused of leading an al-Qaida group that fatally shot the officers on the streets of the Iraqi city of Fallujah. He has denied involvement in the killings and membership in a terror group.

After settling in Arizona, Ahmed worked as a military cultural adviser, traveling to bases in other states to help personnel as they prepared to deploy to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State, his attorney said. He operated a driving school in Phoenix until his arrest in late January as part of an extradition request made by the Iraqi government.