Through its Rewards for Justice Program, the U.S. Department of State is offering a reward of up to 10 million dollars for information about two senior leaders of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP.
The first reward is for up to $6 million for information leading to the identification or location of Sa’ad bin Atef al-Awlaki. The second is for up to $4 million for information leading to the identification or location of Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al-Qosi.
Al-Awlaki is the emir of Shabwah, a province of Yemen. He has publicly called for attacks against the United States and its allies.
Al-Qosi, who was born in Sudan, is also known as Sheikh Khubayb al-Sudani and Mohammad Salaha Ahmad. He is part of the leadership team that assists the current “emir” of AQAP. Since 2015, he has appeared in recruiting materials and encouraged lone wolf attacks against the United States in online propaganda.
Al-Qosi joined AQAP in 2014 but has been active in al-Qaida for decades and worked directly for Usama Bin Laden for many years.
e Rewards for Justice Program is administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service. Since its inception in 1984, the program has paid in excess of $150 million to more than 100 individuals who provided information that helped bring terrorists to justice or assisted in preventing acts of international terrorism worldwide.
If you have information on Sa’ad bin Atef al-Awlaki or Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al-Qosi, contact the Rewards for Justice Program via the website at www.rewardsforjustice.net; email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or contact the regional security officer at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. All information will be kept strictly confidential, and relocation may be available for those providing accurate and credible actionable information.