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US officials: Iraqi refugee was part of terror group

US officials: Iraqi refugee was part of terror group

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A 45-year-old Iraqi refugee is under arrest in Northern California on a warrant alleging he was part of the Islamic State terror organization and killed an Iraqi policeman.

Omar Ameen was arrested Wednesday at a Sacramento-area apartment. Court documents say he and other members of Islamic State killed the officer in the town of Rawah after it fell to the terror group in 2014.

Ameen was arrested on a warrant issued in May by an Iraqi court in Baghdad. U.S. officials plan to extradite him to Iraq. He is not linked to any terror activity in the U.S.

Documents say Ameen entered the U.S. under a refugee program.

The Trump administration has sharply criticized the Obama-era settlement program, questioning whether enough was done to weed out those with terrorist ties.


Updated : 2021-07-31 19:56 GMT+08:00