Senators request briefing from defense & security officials on wanted terrorist now in custody

WASHINGTON DC (February 13, 2020) — Senators Charles "Chuck" Grassley (R-IA) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) today are seeking answers on how a suspected al Qaeda leader wanted for murdering two Iraqi police officers was able to receive refugee status in the United States and later become a US citizen.

Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri was admitted as a refugee in 2008 and ultimately obtained full US citizenship. Ahmed Al-Nouri was recently arrested after a federal magistrate judge issued an arrest warrant based on an extradition request from the government of Iraq on charges of killing two Iraqi police officers in 2006.

In a letter to the State Department, FBI and US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Sens Grassley and Ernst requested a full briefing to better understand the circumstances surrounding Ahmed Al-Nouri’s entrance under the guise of a refugee, and the serious national-security implications of allowing a member of a designated foreign terrorist organization to enter the US and gain full citizenship.

Full text of the letter follows and can be found HERE.

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