CNN has found an alleged war criminal from Somalia now working in the United States as an airport security guard.
Yusuf Abdi Ali was a commander during the Somali Civil War during the 1980s and has been accused of ordering the torture and executions of civilians in what has been called a genocide.
When CNN found out that he was living and working in the United States, they sent a crew to his workplace, Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia, just minutes from Washington, D.C. The film crew found a man matching Ali's description working security and began asking him questions.
"What's your name?" a CNN producer asked.
"Ali," the guard responded.
"Yusuf Ali," the producer said.
"Yeah," Ali said.
"Where are you originally from?" the producer asked.
"Somalia," Ali said.
CNN correspondent Kyra Phillips reported that Ali came to the United States from Canada with the assistance of his wife who helped him secure a visa into the United States. Ali was deported from Canada due to his past, but that did not prevent him from being able to get into the United States.
Phillips also reported that Ali has been removed from his position as a security guard and that his past did not come up during a background check.
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