The U.S. Department of State's Rewards for Justice Program is increasing from $5 million to up to $10 million its reward for information leading to the identification, location, arrest, and or conviction of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula leader Qasim al-Rimi.
Al-Rimi was named emir of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, in June 2015. The following month, he swore allegiance to al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and called for renewed attacks against the United States.
Born in Yemen in 1978, al-Rimi trained terrorists at an al-Qaida camp in Afghanistan in the 1990s. He subsequently returned to Yemen and became an AQAP military commander. Al-Rimi was sentenced to five years in prison in 2005 after being convicted in Yemen of plotting to assassinate the U.S. Ambassador to Yemen and escaped from a Yemeni prison in 2006.
Al-Rimi is linked to the September 2008 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a that left 10 Yemeni guards, four civilians, and six terrorists dead, and the December 2009 attempted suicide bombing by “underwear bomber” Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab aboard a U.S.-bound airliner.
In May 2010, the Department of State designated al-Rimi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224.
In a May 7, 2017 video, al-Rimi urged supporters living in Western countries to conduct “easy and simple” attacks and praised Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people in a June 2016 mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
More information about the al-Rimi reward offer is located on the Rewards for Justice website at www.rewardsforjustice.net. We encourage anyone with information on this individual to contact the Rewards for Justice office via the website; e-mail: email@example.com; phone: 1-800-877-3927 in North America; or mail: Rewards for Justice, Washington, D.C., 20520-0303, USA. Individuals may also contact the Regional Security Officer at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
All information will be kept strictly confidential.